First Reads: Never Before—50 Essential Poems
After two years of extensive archival and library research, 50 defining poems of Singapore Chinese literary history have been compiled into one anthology titled Never Before—50 Essential Poems. Diverse, eclectic and sometimes unconventional, these poems capture voices that break from the mainstream and diverge from past representations of what Singapore literature is supposed to be. Read a selection of the poems here!
岁- 岁- 月- 月——
岁 岁 月 月
Never Before—50 Essential Poems is forthcoming and will be available for sale online, in bookstores, and at the Singapore Writers Festival House on 2 November 2018.
About the editors
Andy Ang (Gu Xing Zi) is a poet and educator who founded TrendLit literary society, publisher of literary journal WhyNot (不为什么). Most of his works are published in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. His poetry collections include After Commotion and Destroy All Gods. He edited the anthologies, In The Space of A Poem (2015–2017) and Never Before – 50 Essential Poems.
Ang Jin Yong goes by the pen name 空·龙猫 (loosely translated as Sky Totoro). He is editor-in-chief of WhyNot, a Singapore-based Chinese literary magazine. When it comes to writing poetry, Jin Yong takes his cue from Zhang Wuji, the famous pugilist from Louis Cha’s wuxia novel, believing that in order to bring out the best in one’s craft, one has to completely forget the techniques one has learnt.
Born in Singapore in 1991, Tan Boon Hui uses the pen name Buni (布妮). She has received a BA (Honours) from the Chinese Department of Nanyang Technological University. She is the event organiser of In the Space of a Poem 2016, a literary writing platform on Facebook, and the chief editor for In the Space of a Poem: Second Edition (2016).