one point six one eight
by Madeleine Lee
one point six one eight is a long poem in two parts: ‘migration’, with 13 smaller poems, and ‘home’, with 8. The book title reflects the ratio of 13/8, or the golden ratio of 1.618, a proportion of beauty which occurs in nature.
It arose from a journey to the Serengeti in Tanzania, to see the migration of the wildebeests and eventually returns with the migrating egrets to Singapore. The design book is an innovation in print – laid out in a circular concept, reflecting the lack of start and end points.
one point six one eight is also available as a chapbook priced at S$5.
About the Author
Madeleine Lee is an investment manager who also writes poetry. She has published 4 volumes of poetry and 1 poetry chapbook. one point six one eight is her 5th volume of poetry.
Madeleine’s poems have been adapted to short films, dance and full length theatre productions. Her work is also in numerous anthologies such as Little Things: An Anthology of Poetry and translated into Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Chinese and French. She has read in poetry festivals in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, HK, Hanoi, Paris, Melbourne and Adelaide.
She has also initiated many poetry-related projects, namely: NORA, the NLB Online Repository of Artistic Works (2004), ‘The Second Link – a showcase of Singapore Malaysia Literature’ for SWF 2005, ‘y grec’ for SWF 2007, ‘Moving Words’— poetry on the MRT for SWF 2010. She is currently working on a theatre production of one point six one eight with Cake Theatre.
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Dimension: 108mm x 170mm