Shrines and Streetlights
by Ho Ren Chun
Shrines and Streetlights signals the debut publication of poetry by a young, bright Singaporean, whose keen eye and alert spirit frame perspectives that belie a maturity beyond his age.
With a cadence that is simultaneously practiced yet fresh, a wide scope of objects are infused with poetic symbolism. Ranging from dragonflies to the moon, these poems find meaning in both the mundane and the magical; steeped in the elegant aura of observance but melancholic in a sense of loneliness and yearning. Often winding through Singaporean streets, yet finding itself in intimate moments, Shrines & Streetlights juxtaposes the old and the new, youth and age. It compares love and loss, and reconciles life and death. These themes intertwine to capture the intricacy of human realities often fraught with both passions and miseries, and most poignantly, help us understand their inextricable link.
About the Author
Ho Ren Chun wrote his first poem on a piece of newspaper when he was 8 years old. Since then, he has been writing in classrooms, in airplanes, restaurants, parks, even in washrooms. Now 18, he continues writing with a passion. Besides compiling a collection of poetry for his family when he was 13, he has contributed to school magazines, online forums, and has had his writings featured in The Straits Times. He achieved the Top in the World award for his IGCSE (English) exam. He is currently finishing his IB Diploma at ACS (International).
Ren Chun also enjoys drama, and acted in school productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Animal Farm and Monty Python. His other interests include romance, ramen, and running. He’d like to write a graphic novel some day and has a ginger cat named Sandwich.
“It is easy to craft a poem, but to fuse into the crafted form the art that is going to give it special fire… that special spark – that is hard. And this is what makes this volume shine: art, more than mere craft, informs it and art drives it and art illuminates it.”
- Kirpal Singh, Poet, critic, scholar, Author of Catwalking and The Games We Play
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Dimension: 120mm x 200mm