ELL Seminar : Singaporean Poetry in the Making:Sungei Kallang Afternoons At St Andrew's School

ELL Seminar : Singaporean Poetry in the Making:Sungei Kallang Afternoons At St Andrew's School

Date
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

ELL Seminar : Singaporean Poetry in the Making:Sungei Kallang Afternoons At St Andrew

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.