Posts Tagged ‘Poems’

Heartbreaking Haiku

July 4, 2017

This haiku first appeared on Facebook.

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Schrödinger’s Haiku

June 24, 2017

This haiku first appears on Facebook.

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Orientation Games Haiku

July 26, 2016

This haiku first appeared on Facebook.

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The Other Merlion and Friends

October 10, 2015

Written and drawn by Gwee Li Sui

Published by Landmark Books, 2015

The Other Merlion and Friends

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Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems?

October 10, 2015

Written and drawn by Gwee Li Sui

Published by Landmark Books, 2015

Nominee for the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems?

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An Otter’s Haiku 1

July 9, 2015

This haiku first appeared on Facebook.

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National Conversation Haiku

September 5, 2012

This haiku first appeared on Facebook.

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Godly Advice

May 21, 2012

This poem was published in The Other Merlion and Friends (2015). It first read under the title “Children, Beware of Adults!” for the 100th-episode celebration of the children’s TV programme “Knockout”. A clip of the performance was screened in Episode 8 of Series 5 on OKTO channel on 21 May 2012.

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Untitled 6

October 30, 2011

This Singlish love poem was composed and read on the spot in response to a challenge issued during a closing debate at Singapore Writers Festival 2011.

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Solomon Grundy — Singapore Version

May 10, 2011

This poem appeared as a Facebook note on 10 May 2011 in the aftermath of Singapore’s General Elections.

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Untitled 5

April 20, 2011

This haiku appeared in a comment to a Facebook note sharing poems on rain.

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The Moon and the Stone

December 10, 2010

This translation was first published with an audio reading by the poet herself in Asymptote Journal (April 2011).

The Moon and the Stone

The stone that is getting cold
was found when I wandered through the dark woods
and put on the window sill.

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Jurassic Gardens

October 6, 2010

This poem first appeared in Gwee Li Sui’s Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998) and reappeared in Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? (2015). It is also featured in the anthology &Words: Poems Singapore and Beyond (2010) and the Singapore Memory portal. The commentary at the end is written as part of a guide for teachers in Singapore.

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Other National Virtues

October 6, 2010

This poem first appeared in Gwee Li Sui’s Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998) and reappeared in Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? (2015). It was also featured in the anthology &Words: Poems Singapore and Beyond (2010) and read on the radio programme “The Culture Cafe” on 938Live by writer Adrian Tan. The commentary at the end is written as part of a guide for teachers in Singapore.

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Rich Jesus

July 15, 2010

This poem first appeared in a Facebook note titled “A Poem for the Pro-Prosperity Christians who Stalk my Facebook Wall” on 15 July 2010.

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Untitled 4

June 12, 2010

This haiku appeared in a comment to a Facebook note sharing translations of an epigram from the Greek Anthology.

Πᾶσα γυνὴ χόλος ἐστίν· ἔχει δ᾽ δύω ὥρας,
τὴν μίαν ἐν θαλάμῳ, τὴν μίαν ἐν θανάτῳ.

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Untitled 3

June 12, 2010

This haiku appeared in a comment to a Facebook note sharing translations of an epigram from the Greek Anthology.

῾Ρώμη παμβασίλεια, τὸ σὸν κλέος οὔποτ᾽ ὀλεῖται;
Νίκη γάρ σε φυγεῖν ἄπτερος οὔ δύναται.

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School Gothic

June 7, 2010

This poem first appeared in a Facebook note titled “A Poem on the Occasion of a School Barber’s Retirement after 32 Years” on 7 June 2010.

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Sleep of a Good Conscience

June 3, 2010

This poem first appeared in a Facebook note titled “A Poem on the Occasion of a Church being Probed for Financial Irregularitieson 3 June 2010. It has since featured in The Fish Tank.

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Practical Criticism or Why Should Not Young Men be Mad

April 2, 2010

Practical Criticism or Why Should Not
Young Men be Mad

why should not young men be mad
thrown into the country of the old
where age solves no old problems
and the sleepy eyes no longer see
the newness of the moment?
we die in old men’s wars
are born from old men’s whores
and we are young among the old

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