Deeds of Light (2015)
poems — singapore: ten year series (an imprint of math paper press)
The city is a prism through which ordinary life, at first a seeming undifferentiated white, splits into its constituent colours. In Deeds of Light, words are prisms through which experiences are revealed. Belying a desire to make new and bright the usual ways of talking about place and belonging, these poems in both form and content navigate the myriad ways in which the sound of speech and the habits of culture interact and assert themselves.
Shortlisted for the
2016 Singapore Literature Prize (English Poetry)
"erudite and generous"
— Theophilus Kwek, Mackerel
"frees language from its own limitations by sketching its proximity to love, light and loneliness"
— Linda Ashok, Entropy
"unprecedentedly satisfying, complicating, compelling"
— Richard Angus Whitehead, Singapore Poetry