Category Archives: Poetry

Personal Story

Review of Marie Howe’s Magdalene (New York: W. W. Norton, 2017) by Cyril Wong     Confessional poetry or self-revelatory verse that draws from the private or the autobiographical usually gets vilified for being exactly that: the personal-made-public. Reasons for

Personal Story

Review of Marie Howe’s Magdalene (New York: W. W. Norton, 2017) by Cyril Wong     Confessional poetry or self-revelatory verse that draws from the private or the autobiographical usually gets vilified for being exactly that: the personal-made-public. Reasons for

Stepchild of the Sublime

Review of Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) by Cyril Wong At the heart of every book of poems by Louise Glück, there is a journey-arc of thought and philosophical exploration; a building

Stepchild of the Sublime

Review of Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) by Cyril Wong At the heart of every book of poems by Louise Glück, there is a journey-arc of thought and philosophical exploration; a building

3rd Singapore Poetry Contest

To celebrate Poetry Writing Month this April, Singapore Poetry is holding its third annual poetry contest. We are looking for poems that include the word “Singapore” (or its variants) in some creative manner. The poems do not have to be

3rd Singapore Poetry Contest

To celebrate Poetry Writing Month this April, Singapore Poetry is holding its third annual poetry contest. We are looking for poems that include the word “Singapore” (or its variants) in some creative manner. The poems do not have to be

How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

That Which Flashes ‘Upon That Inward Eye’

Review of Greg Hewett’s Blindsight (USA: Coffee House Press, 2016) by Ian Tan     Earth, isn’t this what you want: to arise within us, invisible? Isn’t it your dream to be wholly invisible someday?—O Earth: invisible! What, if not

That Which Flashes ‘Upon That Inward Eye’

Review of Greg Hewett’s Blindsight (USA: Coffee House Press, 2016) by Ian Tan     Earth, isn’t this what you want: to arise within us, invisible? Isn’t it your dream to be wholly invisible someday?—O Earth: invisible! What, if not

Poetry After the Fall

Review of Belmont by Stephen Burt (USA: Graywolf Press, 2013) by Ng Yi-Sheng   It’s thoroughly strange to review a book like this in a world where Donald Trump’s just been elected President. Over the past week, my Facebook friends

Poetry After the Fall

Review of Belmont by Stephen Burt (USA: Graywolf Press, 2013) by Ng Yi-Sheng   It’s thoroughly strange to review a book like this in a world where Donald Trump’s just been elected President. Over the past week, my Facebook friends

Speaking Against

Review of Cyril Wong’s The Lover’s Inventory (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2015) by Andrew Howdle   Since the biennial Singapore Literary Prize expanded into categories, it has favoured joint winners in the poetry section. In 2016, the poetry award (for

Speaking Against

Review of Cyril Wong’s The Lover’s Inventory (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2015) by Andrew Howdle   Since the biennial Singapore Literary Prize expanded into categories, it has favoured joint winners in the poetry section. In 2016, the poetry award (for