Enjoying Common Life: A Companion

Two educators, one also a poet, the other also an artist, put together their talents to produce Common Life: Drawings and Poems

Scenes from everyday life at housing estates and along the streets come alive under Ho Chee Lick’s keen eyes and skilled fingers, while Anne Lee Tzu Pheng adds her observations that are sometimes funny, and oftentimes stir us to think deeper about life. Together, each set of drawing and poem connects with and illuminates our understanding of life and our fellow beings.

This Companion, providing commentaries, takeaway pointers and stimulating questions, is especially meant to open a window into the wondrous world of poetry and art in Common Life.

Please note, this product is a digital PDF.

If you have previously purchased Common Life, you can obtain a free copy of this companion guide by contacting jennifer (at) ethosbooks.com.sg. Please feel free to drop her an email with the subject line: "Enjoying Common Life: A Companion".


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Common Life makes it quickly irrelevant to tell where images end and poetry begins. Each of Ho Chee Lick and Anne Lee Tzu Pheng’s paired responses to the ordinary calms both the eye and the heart. The deep beauty in what they spy leaps out like moonlight on things. This collaboration is as flawless as it comes, among the most satisfying I’ve experienced in ages. —Gwee Li Sui, poet, artist, and literary critic

As a comic fan as well as graphic novel artist, it is indeed fortunate to come to know Common Life. This book weaves me in and out of the pictures and words beautifully in between them. From Bukit Batok to Bedok, Simei to Serangoon, it brought back some vivid memories for me. Though most of the work are done in crayons, it is amazing to see how Chee Lick could create a broad array of styles; one scene reminisces of Wu Guanzhong's ethereal landscape (Waiting, Page 146-147), another echoing Egon Schiele's distorted figure (Youth, Page 142-143). Binding with Ann's seemingly simple yet spiritus verses it touched my senses and fills me with the joys and sorrows of this place we call home. Such is the true beauty of this work. —Koh Hong Teng, graphic novelist and author of Garden of Foolish Indulgence


Ho Chee Lick, Anne Lee Tzu Pheng