31 Mar '17, 7am

Why is Singapore literature like the Nokia 3310?

Why is Singapore literature like the Nokia 3310?

Singapore literature undergoes a renaissance of sorts every decade or so. From pre- to post-colonial to nationalist to confessional narratives, every now and then, the writers in Singapore have a collective zeitgeist moment, that seems to also be reflected in music, art, drama, and other arts forms. I’ve noticed that in the wider international publishing world, fiction, especially novels, sells most, which is true in Singapore. But the thing is, poetry has always had a special space in our local culture. As a condensed form of narrative that uses symbols and metaphors, it is hard to censor poetry even if it has a subversive angle. This allows poets a lot of leeway to continue to produce and publish poems in print or perform as spoken word, a genre that is particularly popular today. What I mean is that with online media and the democratisation of social media, any emerging...

Full article: http://www.storm.sg/literature-singapore-singlit/

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