周德成 (Zhou Decheng)

Chow Teck Seng aka Zhou Decheng (周德成), writes poetry primarily in Chinese and has won awards such as the Singapore Literature Prize (2014) and Golden Point Award (2009). Frequently contributing to literary journals, anthologies and the Chinese press in Singapore and abroad, his poems in English translation are found in “& WORDS”, “UNION” (Ethos), “SG Poems 2015-6” and "poetry at sangum” and are adapted as short films by Laselle students (2017). A former lecturer (Chinese-language Literature) at NUS and NIE, he is currently pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University.

We Speak to the Fish in our National Language | 我们对着鱼缸说国语

Facing the fish bowl, I speak the national language1: each vowel, a gust upon glass; each accent, a mosquito’s unsteady dance. From my watch’s face, each second, turbulent, rises like smoke. The English of the 50’s was but a colonial …

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