Purple in Singapore


Good to see Cyril Wong, whom Unspun had the privilege of meeting when Unspun moderated a discussion group on Pamphlet Poetry at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, getting the acclaim he deserves. Unspun can just imagine Cyril delighting in contemplating what a difficult spot his fame puts the apparatchiks in Singapore. Good one Cyril!

clipped from www.time.com

A Passionate Poet from Straitlaced Singapore


It is one of the more delicious workings of karma that Singapore, which criminalizes homosexuality, should have as its leading young poet an openly gay man. But while Cyril Wong relishes waving “a purple flag” in socially conservative faces, his work expands beyond simple sexuality — being “just a gay poet,” as he puts it — to embrace themes of love, alienation and human relationships of all kinds. His latest volume of verse, Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light, is due to be published this month, hopefully to burnish further the international reputation that the previous five collections have established for him.

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