On Saturday, 14th July at 1.45 p.m., local poets Joshua Ip and Cyril Wong, as well as writer Clara Chow, will be holding a panel discussion at our Main Store to further engage readers with their respective new poetry books – Footnotes On Falling, Like A Seed With Its Singular Purpose and short story collection, Modern Myths.
Joshua Ip’s Footnotes On Falling is a collection of 44 poems about sub-optimal life choices. The poems constantly laugh at themselves because they are polite, and Asian. They shuffle their feet sideways while declining eye contact. They indulge in wordplay because it gives them something to do with their fingers. They prefer to be read out but also prefer this to be done in private. They secretly would like you to bring them home.
In Cyril Wong’s Like A Seed With Its Singular Purpose, language, art, religion, disaster, death, murder, adultery, and love all come under the poet’s attention, as he continues to mine the rewarding contradictions and frustrations of a broader existence. The final sequence is a series of lyrical propositions starting with “if”.
Finally, in Clara Chow’s Modern Myths, figures from Greek mythology take up residence in contemporary Singapore in this collection of stories that explores the pain and dilemma of modern living. What happens when you are doomed to repeat your actions over and over? Or have to remake your decisions, knowing that times have changed? What if struggling makes the divine human, and the human divine?
VENUE: Kinokuniya (Singapore Main Store)
ADDRESS: 391 Orchard Rd, Ngee Ann City, #04-20/20B/20C/20E, Singapore 238872
EVENT WEBSITE: Kinokuniya
DATE AND TIME
14 Jul 2018, 1.45pm–2.45pm