Poetic Forms: Experimenting With Structure

In Singapore, new forms have been invented, including the twin cinema, asingbol and anima methodi. Are traditional poetic forms still relevant today? What are the challenges of working within such structural limitations? In a discussion facilitated by editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, we’ll hear three established voices – Eric Tinsay Valles, Pierre Vinclair, and Yeow Kai Chai – read their own poems, and share their ideas on the complexities of poetic creation. At this event, lucky participants receive BuySinglit vouchers to purchase books!

This event is free to the public. To attend, please register here.

Featured Authors

Eric Tinsay Valles has published the poetry collections A World in Transit and After the Fall: dirges among ruins as well as co-edited Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings, Sg Poems 2015-2016 and Anima Methodi. He has won a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing prize. He has been invited to read poetry or commentaries at Baylor, Melbourne and Oxford Universities as well as the Kistrech Poetry Festival. He is a director of Poetry Festival (Singapore).

Pierre Vinclair is the author of fourteen books in French, including poetry, novels and essays. With a PhD in philosophy and literature, he is the translator of the Japanese Kojiki, the Chinese Shijing, the Caribbean Derek Walcott and the amazing Christine Chia. Vinclair runs Catastrophes magazine and S!NG, a collection of contemporary poetry at Le corridor bleu publishing house. He was awarded the Villa Kujoyama in Literature in 2010 and the Heredia Prize from Académie Française in 2014.

Yeow Kai Chai has two poetry collections: Pretend I’m Not Here and Secret Manta, the latter adapted from an entry shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. He has also co-authored Lost Bodies and The Adopted. Widely anthologised, Yeow edited the anthology Reflecting on the Merlion, and remains co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He has covered entertainment and the arts as editor, writer and music reviewer for over two decades in various newspapers and magazines, including The Straits Times, My Paper, and 8 Days. Awarded the writer’s residency at University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2014, Yeow helmed the Singapore Writers Festival as its director between 2015 and 2018.


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, five hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than twenty books and co-produced three audio books. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.


Presented by: Squircle Line Press
Partnered with: National Library Board

Organised as part of: #BuySinglit
Supported by: National Arts Council
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Fri Mar 8, 2019
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Central Public Library (B1 of National Library Building; Multi-Purpose Room)
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100 Victoria St, S188064 Singapore
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