Hao Guang organises the intensive editorial programme Manuscript Bootcamp for Sing Lit Station. He is a Co-Editor of the cross-genre, collaborative online literary journal OF ZOOS, and the Critical Essays Editor (English) of the multimedia educational resource poetry.sg. He curated the multilingual poetry broadside exhibition Any Anything Also Can.
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Singapore has always spoken in many tongues at once. We code-switch between Cantonese and Malay, hear Bangladeshi and German and Ilocano on the streets, feel the texture of Tamil or Hokkien or Arabic or Singlish as familiar even if we don’t speak it. One person may know three, four, seven languages at once. Our poetry is no different.
Any Anything Also Can is a broadside exhibition of multilingual poetry: an eight-poem taster showcasing the linguistic possibilities Singapore has given its writers. You’ll find weird poems and lyric poems; poems old and new, about place, about self, about loving words; songs; how meaning can go wrong; how to hold it together even if you might not understand it all.
The broadside is a public medium, meant to be read in the street, in communion with strangers. Artistically reimagined by Fellow Design and qu’est-ce que c’est design, Any Anything Also Can is a meeting point between Sing Lit Station's advocacy in the literary arts and the best minds in graphic design as practiced in Singapore today.
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poetry.sg hopes to be the first online venue that people think of when they think of Singapore Poetry—be they scholars seeking critical analysis, teachers looking for rich multimedia resources to engage their students, or just a curious lit-lover wanting to find out more about a poet they came across.
We want to gather in one space the best local verse, arranged and critically examined by author. Beyond just text, we also hope that our video repository will give viewers insights into how poetry is read and performed, adding another dimension to the work.
We hope to increase the amount and quality of scholarship Singapore literature and poetry, in order to benefit both the general reader looking for a quick conceptual inroad to our poets, as well as teachers, scholars, and students.