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Robert Yeo This is a personal essay to remember and chart my experience as a writer in the context of Singapore’s development, during the decade 1970-79, from cultural desert to global city. I will try to make connexions and generalizations which will, I hope, not seem too sweeping. “Only connect,” wrote E.M. Forster, and that […]

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Alvin Pang Some months ago I was given the opportunity to curate an anthology of contemporary writing from Singapore. The result was a selection from thirty-nine living Singaporean writers spanning multiple genres working in the four major literary languages (Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil) in use today.

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Chiu Weili The ‘Modernist’ poetry movement started in Singapore in the late 1950s, with key figures such as Chen Ruixian, Du Nanfa etc. Initially viewed as an off-shoot of its Taiwanese counterpart, it soon became an indigenous literary campaign, extending its reach as far as Malaysia. It is distinctive in its particular emphasis on aesthetics […]

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Wang Gungwu From The Malayan Undergrad, Vol 9 No 5 July 1958 When I was a schoolboy a little more than ten years ago, no one talked of such a thing as Malayan poetry. It was not even known if there was any poetry written by people who lived in Malaya.

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Three Faces of Night

Wang Gungwu Quavers quiver along the violin strings And fingers grasp the: whale-skin threads, Trace the image of hallowed things. Hark the bass dum dum Followed by the swish swish feet; And the talking jerky with the swinging beat.

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Moon Thoughts

Wang Gungwu The moon, impure as ever, like tea-leaves, Coffee dregs, on a cup of cream, cleaves On to drooping leaves of rubber trees, Scatters bright thieves to steal the keys That open to mem’ries of home.

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