1. got a review for sonnets from the singlish out at asiancha.com, thanks to chloe li and eddie tay.
"This book's uniqueness lies with the poet's choice of framing frivolously real and realistically frivolous Sinaporean cultural experiences in a traditional poetic form."
pretty spot on about my co-mingling of the frivolous/trivial and the "high" form, but somewhat questionable sample poem choices, imho.
2. also, an interview has gone up at kitaab, thanks to felicia low-jimenez. i talk at length about the various literary programmes i've been involved in co-sprouting over the past two years - math remedial, singpowrimo, the image-symbol department, ministry of noise, burn after reading, manuscript bootcamp, and ten year series. oh all these titles. go pop over and read and find out what they mean.
3. singpowrimo is halfway through (!!!) and we're 1135 members strong! Alvin Pang closed out the first week, and I did week 2, to much moaning and complaint from the internet - but the most painful-sounding prompts, like the empat perkataan and the acrostic, actually got the greatest responses! this only goes to show that Singaporeans are suckers for punishment. next up, the dreaded Leit Motif....
come on over and join us!
a singaporean poet with an unhealthy addiction to forms.
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