2021 V Day Twin Book Gift Package


2 books + 1 sunflower going for $49.72!

All proceeds will go towards defraying the cost of printing, as well as towards developing our multilingual, multicultural and multigenerational poetry programs.

Delivery option available to Singapore addresses only. Self-collection option available @ Hougang MRT. We will email you to arrange a specific time. Collection dates will be between 12-14 Feb 2021.

* For bulk order (more than 10), please email us at poetryfestivalsg@gmail.com.
* Mix and match of titles not allowed (you can purchase individual titles on our Carousell! 😉)

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▼ Book descriptions & sample pages below ▼

About the Love and Life at the Gallery

What does it mean to be in love, to love, to be loved? What does it mean to render that in art? Last year, we invited thirty-four poets to pen poems on love and life inspired by the National Gallery Singapore, home to the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian art. Drawing upon the rich tradition of ekphrasis—imaginative, spirited writing on art—our poets reframed paintings, chiseled new lines into sculpture, and exposed the unseen. In this collection, you'll find images of love and life in every incandescent, infinitesimal brushstroke of being, no matter how unlikely.

Based on artworks spanning centuries and countries, Love and Life at the Gallery is a multigenerational, multilingual, and multicultural exploration of the dimensions of love and life. Here, you’ll discover an installation by Thai artist Montien Boonma transmuted into a reflection on life cycles by Edwin Thumboo, the Indonesian activist Hendra Gunawan’s revolutionary War And Peace rewritten as a tale of change and immigration by Theophilus Kwek, as well as many other interpretative pairings between art and poetry that will change the way you look at love, life, and how it all intertwines.

Sample pages

ISBN: 978-981-14-5352-6
Published: 2020
Dimension: 14cm x 21 cm
Extent: 128 pages
Finish: Paperback

About Love at the Gallery

Writing about love is a challenge. How does one verbalize an intimate and inexpressible feeling? How does one top the Bard and a steady flood of poets and songwriters? But still, we persist in writing love poems.

Art becomes a muse for most of the 26 love poems in this collection. Those poems are ekphrastic—that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or reflecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks that inspire these poems belong to the National Gallery Singapore, which offers an unparalleled vantage point for representations of love in the country’s rich history and cultural heritage.

The 26 love poems are arranged according to common threads based on the four different kinds of love as first outlined by the ancient Greeks: éros, storgē, philía, and agápē. We hope that readers will be continually led back to the poems and their respective artworks.

Sample pages

ISBN: 978-981-11-3885-0
Published: 2017
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 64 pages
Finish: Paperback

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