Moving Words 2011: A Poetry Anthology
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edited by Alvin Pang
This anthology is curated from almost 2,000 poems submitted by the Singapore public in an open poetry competition Moving Words 2011 in Singapore. Moving Words 2011 used the SMRT train network as its media platform. It was conceived to share some of the many gems that were contributed by Singaporeans in this competition and is an introduction to contemporary Singaporean verse written by aspiring poets, young and old.
Any of these poems can be enjoyed on its own, in no particular reading order. Nevertheless, many of the poems share common themes, images or techniques and resonate with each other, almost as if they were in conversation.
A total of 114 poems are featured. The poets may be housewives, students, professors or professionals. They are also our fellow travellers, citizens, friends and neighbours. The poems speak for and among themselves; all of them have an equal voice, regardless of where they come from. Like the city we call our home, this book is a tribute to the music that can happen when we put all our shared voices together ˗ each speaking from our own deep, authentic experiences, all of us singing of home.
These moving words are the heartfelt, courageous gifts of our fellow Singaporeans. May they keep you company for a long time to come.
About the Editor
Alvin Pang (1972) was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council, Singapore. His poetry collections, Testing The Silence (1997) and City of Rain (2003) were both listed in the Straits Times’ Top Ten Books of the Year. His work has been featured in ”Atlanta Review” (USA), ”English Review” (UK), ”SALT” (Australia), ”Paper Tiger” (Australia), “Slope” (USA), ”Quarterly Literary Review Singapore”. He was editor or co-editor of the volumes: No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry (2000), Love Gathers All: A Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry (2002), Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia (2008, in collaboration with the poet John Kinsella), all published by Ethos Books in Singapore. In 2008 his work appeared in the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. Pang was a founding director of The Literary Centre (Singapore) and Wordfeast 2004, Singapore’s first international poetry festival.
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Dimension: 120mm x 160mm
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