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Almost every Singapore poet writing in the 1990s and early 2000s had penned at least one airplane-themed poem. One of the editors, Balasingamchow, decided the topic of travel and flight was perfect for an anthology. In 2014, they put out a call for submissions. They received 95 entries, from which they shortlisted 31. Works from writers such as Ng Yi-sheng, Marc Nair, Alvin Pang and Stephanie Ye made the cut.
The pieces explore deeper issues of home, identity and what “Singapore” means at this particular point in time.
The book contains stories written from the point of view of a trolley uncle, a security guard, a janitor and a Bangladeshi construction worker.
Meet editor Yu-Mei Balasingamchow who will share her experience of this compilation.
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