edited by Esther Vincent, Ann Ang, Angelia Poon, Loh Chin Ee
This anthology collects over 100 poems from Singapore, Asia and around the world, and is aimed at the adolescent reader. It seeks to cultivate a love of poetry and an exploration of real-world issues through verse among teenage readers.
The anthology will include work by well-known authors from Singapore such as Edwin Thumboo, Arthur Yap, Wong May, Lee Tzu Pheng, Aaron Maniam, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, Pooja Nansi and Alfian Sa’at, as well as poets from abroad. The author list includes Seamus Heaney (Ireland), Li-Young Lee (USA), Boey Kim Cheng (Singapore- Australia), Sujata Bhatt (India), Carol Ann Duffy (UK), Gwendolyn Brooks (USA) and Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún (Nigeria).
Alongside these established names, the anthology will feature newer voices like Jennifer Anne Champion (Singapore), Anitha Devi Pillai (Singapore), Ocean Vuong (Vietnamese- American), Kaveh Akbar (Iranian-American) and Dhiyanah Hassan (Malaysia), as well as a handful of translated works.
This anthology encourages the comparative reading of poetry from Singapore and around the globe, for it is only in understanding others that one begins to understand self and the world.
The aim of this anthology is three-fold:
We wish to curate a collection of poems from Singapore, Asia and internationally that would be relatable to adolescent readers while also challenging them to think critically and explore new ideas in poetry.;
The collection is curated in such a way as to allow readers to draw connections between poems dealing with related themes (e.g., love, travel, human relations, urban living) while also promoting independent exploration and original connections; and
The poetry anthology is also created with secondary school Literature teachers in mind—to serve them well as a relevant and valuable resource in the teaching of poetry.
About the Editors
Esther Vincent has taught language and literature (IB), literature and literary arts at SOTA and her alma mater St. Hilda's Secondary School. She is editor-in-chief and founder of The Tiger Moth Review, an eco-conscious art & literature journal, reads poetry for Frontier Poetry (US) and is currently pursuing her Masters in NTU to work on her first body of poetry. Poetry moves her to write poems of her own that she hopes will inspire others to action.
Ann Ang is a PhD candidate in postcolonial and world literature at the University of Oxford. She is interested in how postcolonial histories continue to be relevant in a global age. Ann previously taught N-, O- and A-level literature at River Valley High School, and was Head of Department (English Language and Literature) at CHIJ St. Theresa's Convent. Poetry moves her in mysterious ways, across binaries and borders.
Angelia Poon teaches Literature on the BA(Ed) Teaching Scholars Programme (TSP) at NIE. Her research focuses on postcolonial theory and literature, and Southeast Asian literatures in English including Singapore literature. Poetry moves her to believe in the transformative power of words.
Formerly a secondary school teacher, Loh Chin Ee teaches English language and literature teachers at the National Institute of Education. She is the founder and editor of enl*ght, a NIE publication by literature teachers for literature teachers and co-editor of Literature Education in the Asia-Pacific: Policies, Practices and Perspectives in Global Times (2018, Routledge). Poetry moves her to see the world afresh.
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Dimension: 120mm x 200mm