Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday Poem: Moving Words on the MRT

The poem pictured above is called "The Degenerate South" by Chia Hwee Pheng aka Xi Ni Er.

"A nation in the south, but the heart lies north"

It appears as part of MOVING WORDS: Singapore's version of "Poems on the Underground" - Commuter Poetry on the MRT written in (or translated into) the four official languages of Singapore (English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay and Tamil):

Singapore poet Madeleine Lee came up with the concept: “A few times on the MRT, I was caught with no reading material - so ended up reading only ads!"

Presented by the National Arts Council and SMRT, Moving Words is organised by The Literary Centre in conjunction with the Singapore Writers Festival 2011.

"Marrying technology and the literary arts, a free Mwords iPhone Application developed by Singaporean mobile developer 2359media will also be available for download from 25 May 2011 to generate interest in creating poetry on the move. Playing on the notion of magnetic poetry, users will be able to rearrange words from a bank of 400 words which will include commonly used Singlish phrases as well. Users will be able to upload their finished poems onto, and also share it on their Facebook and Twitter accounts."

For a complete Tuesday poem, and links to many more, visit the TUESDAY POEM blog here.

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