Presumptuous Modernity | 诗组：自以为是的现代
Sixty-five thousand four hundred and thirty dollar advertisement
and one piece of mooncake
Office Block Lift
Up, a depressing morning
Down, an anxious sunset
rubbish that’s stopped breathing
quickly patching together
rubbish that’s still breathing
Wang Mun Kiat (黄文杰)
is a Singaporean writer currently working in the Engineering sector. He graduated from Singapore Polytechnic in 1987 and the University of Wolverhampton in 1999. He developed an interest in Chinese Literature around the late 1980s and published a poetry collection titled 夜未央 (Endless Night) in 2013. In the same year, he placed 3rd in the Singapore Golden Point Award in the Mandarin Poetry category with his poem 狮城雾 (Haze of the Lion City). His work, 夜未央 (Endless Night) was also shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014.
Daryl Lim Wei Jie
is a poet and critic based in Singapore. He is particularly interested in the intersections between poetry and history. His first collection of poetry, A Book of Changes
, was published by Math Paper Press in 2016 under the Ten Year Series imprint. His poems won him the Golden Point Award in English Poetry in 2015, awarded by the National Arts Council, Singapore. Daryl has an interest in Singapore, Southeast Asian and Chinese poetry, as well as translation. He was the editor of the revised edition of The Hidden Papyrus of Hen-taui
(Bluback Productions, 2019), by the pioneering and acclaimed Malaysian poet, Wong Phui Nam. Daryl has also written a critical introduction to Wong’s works at poetry.sg
, an online encyclopedia of Singapore poetry.