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the world anew: poetry and haiga inspired by art in pandemic times

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  • About The Author
  • Singapore poet and writer Koh Buck Song casts his ever-curious eye over the Gallery’s artworks, events and spaces against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, drawing on the haiga (a 16th-century Japanese art form combining haiku verse with ink and watercolour sketches) for many of his poems. Both humorous and poignant, the resulting collection captures with energy and optimism snapshots of life during this watershed event.

    This is the third book by a poet-in-residence at the Gallery, in its Words on Art series dedicated to examining intersections between the visual and literary arts.

  • This is Koh Buck Song’s seventh book of poetry and haiga art, composed during his time as the National Gallery Singapore’s third Poet-in-Residence, from November 2021 to April 2022, following Edwin Thumboo (20182019) and Madeleine Lee (20172018).

    Inspired by his visit to Japan in 2015 on the Japan Foundation’s invitation as a cultural leader of Singapore, Koh has worked on modernising haiga, an art form of haiku poetry combined with visual art, dating back to 16th -century Japan. The 32 poems in this book include ten haiga artworks.

ISBN: 9789811862458
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 80
Year Published: 2023
Size: 200mm x 125mm