Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem Season 4 - Toh Hsien Min
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 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 1, 7 Jan 2017
Lin Hsin Hsin’s “A Woman’s Place”
Session 2, 14 Jan 2017
Lydia Kwa’s “Travelling Time”
Session 3, 21 Jan 2017
Grace Chia’s “Made in Singapore: iCordelia”
Session 5, 11 Feb 2017
Aaron Lee’s “Hum of the World”
Session 6, 18 Feb 2017
Felix Cheong’s “What is It to Write?”