by David Leo
One Journey, Many Rivers is a collection of quiet and contemplative verse as David Leo mourns the passing of his father. It explores the intricacies of a father-son relationship. Illustrated subtly with a variety of incidents, this is a sensitive and moving portrayal of a son’s love and respect for his father.
Among the elegies, one finds the poet seeking meaning and re-connection in his travel to places and through life. A delicately-nuanced probe into the human condition against the background of an increasingly urban modern society.
Leo’s appeal lies in the simplicity of his lines and the sensitivity he injects into his writing. Feelings predominate in his poetry. The context of his poetry is unashamedly personal, yet there is universal relevance in the way he relates to the world outside.
About the Author
David Leo is an accomplished writer with 11 books to his name. He has produced a wide repertoire of works that include poetry and prose. He was awarded the Publisher’s Prize for fiction (Ah... The Fragrance of Durians), NBDCS commendation (The Sins of the Fathers & Other Stories) and Singapore Literature Prize commendation (Wives, Lovers & Other Women). A fourth collection of short stories (News At Nine) is a recommended secondary school text.
Some of his short stories have been adapted for the stage and television. In 2003, two of his short stories, “Picnic” and “The Story of a Good Man” were adapted for MediaCorp TV12’s The Singapore Short Story Project.
Leo was also a judge in the nation’s prestigious NAC/SPH Golden Point Award competition for short stories in English in 2001. A compulsive writer who derives intense pleasure from thinking about stories and poems in his every spare moment, David Leo is never short of inspiration. His prose is sincere, engaging and always with a hint of nostalgia.
Other titles by David Leo:
Life's So Like Dat (2008)
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Dimension: 120mm x 220mm