by Yeng Pway Ngon
transcreators: Judith Huang and Goh Beng Choo
Poems 2 [Personal Notes] is a selection of Yeng Pway Ngon’s works published between 1969 and 1986, showcasing his more intimate poems, in which he explores the private spheres of love, loss and longing. In these poems, Yeng talks about the experiences of coming of age, serving National Service and living abroad, all filtered through his unique voice and philosophy. These poems also demonstrate his development as a poet as the tone of his poems turned from a more youthful and confrontational style to a more subdued, contemplative one.
This is the second in a series of chapbooks featuring new English translations which explore the range of Yeng’s poetry from the 1960s to the present.
About the Author
Born in 1947, Yeng Pway Ngon is a poet, novelist, playwright and critic who has published 24 volumes of poetry, essays, fiction, plays and literary criticism in the Chinese language. He has been translated into English, Malay and Dutch.
A recipient of Singapore’s 2003 Cultural Medallion for Literature, Yeng was one of the signature modern poets of Malaya in the 1960s, and was editor and publisher of two literary magazines, Teahouse in the 1980s and Encounter in the 1990s. In 2000 he was a Fellow of the Taipei International Writers-in-Residence program organised by the Cultural Bureau of Taipei. His novel A Man Like Me won a National Book Development's Book Award in 1988. He continued to work quietly away from the spotlight for more than a decade but emerged again with a novel Tumult which won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2004. His latest novel Trivialities About Me and Myself was named by Yazhou Zhoukan [Asiaweek magazine] as one of the Ten Best Chinese Novels in the World for 2006; it also received the Singapore Literature Prize in 2008.
The titles in this series include:
• • •
Dimension: 120mm x 200mm