Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem Season 4 - Season Pass


7, 14, 21 Jan, 4, 11, 18 Feb 2017 / 11am – 1pm

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2017 kicks off with the final season of Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem! This fourth season promises to be the quirkiest yet as well-loved poet and literary critic Gwee Li Sui gives six more groundbreaking lectures on Singapore’s English-language verse. He will now turn the spotlight on a range of voices from the 1990s, some less known today than others. The focus will bring a radically fresh texture to our sense of a pivotal decade in Singaporean literature.

As with previous seasons, six compelling poems will be dissected for what they can mean and what they reveal about developments in society and culture. If you want a clear introduction to Singaporean literature or poetry in general, there is simply no better place to go! Gwee’s lectures are famously accessible, passionate, and insightful. Regardless of your age or background, you will be charmed by his textual readings and drawn to the continuing relevance of verse.

Session 1, 7 Jan 2017
Lin Hsin Hsin’s “A Woman’s Place”


A pioneer in digital media and a voluminous poet, Lin Hsin Hsin occupies a place of her own in Singaporean poetry. Her poem “A Woman’s Place” shows not just her eccentric style and fascination with language but also her deeply felt friction with social structures. Gwee Li Sui will study this poem in relation to both the changing roles of women in Singapore and Lin’s own artistic explorations.

Session 2, 14 Jan 2017
Lydia Kwa’s “Travelling Time”


Singapore-born Lydia Kwa is a clinical psychologist and a writer in Canada today. Her devastating poem “Travelling Time” relates her emotional turmoil as someone who has uprooted herself and is confronting sudden loss. Gwee Li Sui will examine the mental landscape of this work to talk about the emigrant’s experience as well as other aspects of Kwa’s poetry.

Session 3, 21 Jan 2017
Grace Chia’s “Made in Singapore: iCordelia”


“Made in Singapore: iCordelia” is an intricate poetic work and an intense piece of social commentary. It uses a twin framework of a Shakespearean tragedy and the condition of women to reveal the plight of Singaporeans today. Gwee Li Sui will study Grace Chia’s poem for its numerous levels of meaning and its approach to social malaise.

Session 4, 4 Feb 2017
Toh Hsien Min’s “Recovery”


“Recovery” is a highly crafted and yet emotionally lucid poem that ruminates on love and loss. This quietly but widely enjoyed poem by Toh Hsien Min manifests several of his key poetic subjects such as relationship, longing, and survival. Gwee Li Sui will lead his analysis of this poem into a consideration of Toh’s other works and of the general poetry of urban lifestyle.

Session 5, 11 Feb 2017
Aaron Lee’s “Hum of the World”


Aaron Lee’s powerful poem “Hum of the World” challenges its readers to reassess life with greater awareness. It surveys reality via sounds as a means to comment on the relationship between the modern condition and a deeper, older nature of the world. Gwee Li Sui will take his study of this poem into a meditation on the human environment we all have the power to change and into an introduction to reflective verse.

Session 6, 18 Feb 2017
Felix Cheong’s “What is It to Write?”


Who is a poet, and what is it he or she is meant to do? Sooner or later, these questions haunt every poet, and Felix Cheong’s “What is It to Write?” offers one of the few most impactful answers known in Singaporean literature. Gwee Li Sui will dissect this exceptional, complex work for all its dimensions even as he deepens the general inquiry into the purpose of art.

Jan 7 - Feb 18, 2017
[ Sat ] - [ Sat ]
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM SGT
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