ELL Seminar : Singaporean Poetry in the Making:Sungei Kallang Afternoons At St Andrew's School
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
How is a poem made?
What gets a local poet’s creative juices flowing? Is a poem ever completed or
merely ‘abandoned’? These are just some of the questions related to writing
poetry in Singapore that will be explored in this seminar.
Celebrated and accomplished Singaporean poet
Koh Buck Song, traced the unique evolution of one of his poems, ‘Sungei Kallang
Afternoons At St Andrew's School ’ from idea through successive drafts to the
poem readers finally encounter on the page. He also shared the stories behind
and contexts surrounding his poem. Buck Song’s account of a unique poetic
journey provided valuable insights into the process of writing
poetry in our own peculiar historico‐social
context. Buck Song ended his presentation with a reading of the ‘finished’
‘Sungei Kallang Afternoons At St Andrew's School before taking questions.