Ethos Books publishes an assortment of works by contemporary Singaporean
poets. One finds and loses oneself in the lights of the concrete
jungle, in the transience of memories, in the confusion of history,
in sickness, in love, in the deceptively stark bareness of the
written word. >>
Singapore: oriental…exotic…quaint…guess again.
In the prose fiction of current regional writers, the island is
no longer simply some tropical paradise or an idyllic cosmopolitan
blend of East and West. Life’s complexity exists in the
seemingly mundane—the schools and the HDB flats, the taxi-drivers
and hawkers, and even the plain facts-only television news at
Who says the arts is “just fluff?” In these works,
critics, novelists, poets, and academics explore local literature
as an expression of present-day political and social sensibilities
and discuss its potential to influence the society of tomorrow.