Kepulauan: A Collection of Poems
edited by Zhang Jieqiang, Hidhir Razak, Marcus Tan Yi-hern
Kepulauan: A Collection of Poems is a refreshing anthology capturing the spirit of diversity in an archipelago of poetic expression. Birthed from the poetry workshops in Nanyang Technological University’s Creative Writing Programme under the mentorship of established writers, such as Boey Kim Cheng and Jennifer Crawford, Kepulauan showcases the best works of promising young poets who have come up with fresh ways of reading Singapore and the wider world.
The majority of these poems are selected from the work of the undergraduate students in Dr Boey Kim Cheng’s Creative Writing: Poetry (2013) class, with the rest of the poems contributed by undergraduate students in Dr Jennifer Crawford’s Advanced Creative Writing (2013) class, as well as by other undergraduate and postgraduate students and a faculty member in the Division of English.
About the Editors
Zhang Jieqiang divides his time between living in Singapore and in his head. He believes that “shaping, / voicing, are types of civic action” (Geoffrey Hill, The Triumph of Love), and is blessed to have been shaped by the creative environment of the Division of English in NTU. His poems have appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, One Imperative, and SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English.
Muhammad Hidhir Bin MD Razak uses his writing as an outlet for pent-up emotions, persistent thoughts, and rogue plot-bunnies. His first love was writing fiction but he has since become intoxicated by the elegance of verse. He is currently learning to enjoy obsessing over drafts of his own work, both poetry and prose.
Marcus Tan Yi-hern enjoys conversation and coffee, the latter perhaps a bit too much. He hopes to share in pretty sentences the thoughts that keep him up at night.
“Deserving to be heard, these fresh voices carry a passion that will energise their peers (and perhaps their mentors too) to keep on keeping on.”
‒ Yong Shu Hoong, author of The Viewing Party and former writer-in-residence at Nanyang Technological University
“These are distinct and varied voices that delight, thrill and comfort, marvellous poems behind which can be glimpsed young lives full of ardour and questioning, a community of passionate and gifted poets making up what Yeats calls ‘a singing school.’”
‒ Boey Kim Cheng, author of Clear Brightness and former writer-in-residence at Nanyang Technological University
“The poems ... hold together an alluring effect of compelling a change in our response to the lived world, of bright-eyed acceptance of a world still with much to offer to the imagination, if nothing else.”
‒ Lim Lee Ching, Singapore Review of Books
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Dimension: 120mm x 200mm