by Teo Kah Leng
Edited by Eriko Ogihara-Schuck and Kum Suning
I Found A Bone and Other Poems is a historically significant collection of poetry by Teo Kah Leng: an educator whose love for art and literature preceded his name. He served as teacher, principal, brother, and friend in Montfort school for 43 years.
Teo’s poetry bears distinct cadence and lyrical qualities of another age, of which readers of literature today can appreciate for its technical aptitude, its depth of emotions, and its beauty. The collection captures the vividness of life in pre-independence Singapore; reimagines folklores and tales; paints and personifies creatures big and small; and ruminates on a life nobly lived, nobly died.
About the AuthorTeo Kah Leng (1909–2001) was born in Singapore to a Teochew family and was a former principal of the Primary Section of Montfort School (earlier named Holy Innocents’ English School). His poems and proses were published especially during the 1950s and ’60s up to his retirement. Twenty-six poems appeared in Young Malayans and his school’s annual.
About the Editors
Kum Suning is a literary editor at Ethos Books.
Dr Eriko Ogihara-Schuck is a Lecturer in American Studies at TU Dortmund University, Germany. She is the coeditor of Finding Francis: A Poetic Adventure (Ethos Books, 2015) and the author of Miyazaki’s Animism Abroad: The Reception of Japanese Religious Themes by American and German Audiences
(McFarland, USA, 2014). Her current major research interest is cultural relations between Singapore and the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. Aside from being a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, she is also a European Postdoc Fellow at the Eccles Centre for North American Studies at the British Library.
• • •ISBN 978-981-11-0239-4
Dimension: 120mm x 200mm