Right of the Soil
by Yong Shu Hoong
“What haunts me is not the ghosts that reputedly roam the second floor of the E&O Hotel, but the 44-year-old hawker who got buried under the road that we’re speeding across...”
The phrase “right of the soil” refers to the unconditional right of a person born within the territory of a country to be conferred citizenship. In this collection of 22 poems, Singapore poet Yong Shu Hoong explores final resting places and issues of belongingness and birthright, even as the city-state marks its 50th year of independence.
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About the Author
Yong Shu Hoong has published four books of poetry: Isaac (1997), do-while(2002), Frottage (2005), which won the 2006 Singapore Literature Prize, and From within the Marrow (2010).
His poems have been included in literary journals like Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), as well as anthologies likeLanguage for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008). His short story, ‘The Handover’, was featured in the National Library Board’s reading initiative, Read! Singapore, in 2012.
He has been invited to read at literary festivals and events in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, England, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and the United States. From August 2013 to February 2014, he is a writer-in-residence at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
As a freelance journalist, he has written articles for publications likeThe Straits Times (Singapore), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and Esquire Singapore. From 2008 to 2013, he reviewed films for the English section of the bilingual freesheet, My Paper (Singapore).
• • •ISBN: 978-981-09-6092-6
Dimension: 110mm x 180mm