Posted on November 18 2017
― Etgar Keret, The Girl on the Fridge
Yet there's no stopping you from reading, Etgar. Anthologies are profound things — in the way they're filled with stories from writers of vastly different backgrounds yet each book is cohesive in their narratives.
Here are some anthologies we think you should read:
Singapore Poetry Writing Month (SingPoWriMo / SPWM): a rapidly-growing Facebook group that gathers the wildest, the zaniest, and the most masochistic Singapore poets to surmount 30 mind-boggling prompts by a team of sadistic moderators that includes published poets like Alvin Pang, Pooja Nansi, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde, and Joshua Ip.
Swing by and just stalk the page as it goes mad with poetry every April. Like some poems, whether you write or not. Write some poems, if you like. Follow the prompts, if you want to. Or just scribble your own version of what you think is a poem. Maybe drop an encouraging comment for a favorite piece, or a critical one for one that needs some help. Get addicted. Have a nervous breakdown over your news feed. Take a weekend off. Come back for more.
Here's a round up of the best pieces of poetry that emerged from the 2017 SingPoWriMo.
This anthology revisits lost places in Singapore. But not to reminisce or to evoke nostalgia. These poems express what these places mean to the poets and people who built this nation. They interweave social narratives with a strong desire to combat the loss of our memories, names, buildings, roads, trails, episodes, incidents, everything that is us and ours. They represent hope: of what was then, what we are, and what we can be.
Thought-provoking yet moving, these poems are the hidden gems of our literary tradition, unveiling a piece of our social tapestry with every turn of the page: a shared journey in which one rediscovers a lost fabric of our interwoven history.
This is a collection of Singapore poetry that questions the concept of home. It searches for meaning in the quiet and personal, but also in the broader narrative of our history. Where do we come from, and what does that make us? How do our origins change the way we live, and the way we relate to one another? Featuring a diverse group of poets and subjects, the anthology whispers tales of tenderness, melancholy and the complicated nature of love.
Not to be confused with Balli Kaur Jaswal's Inheritance!
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