This haiku first appeared on Facebook.
This is the revised transcript of my keynote speech delivered at the first Singapore National Poetry Festival on 25 July 2015 at LASALLE College of the Arts. Revision was made to include a portion that was unread due to time constraint and to exclude the text of a poem for which permission for print was not granted.
This public lecture was given at the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library in Silliman University, Dumaguete City, The Philippines, on 14 May 2015. It was part of the 54th instalment of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, which is the oldest creative writing programme in Asia.