A riveting look at the fiercely original, intellectually brilliant mind of Singapore’s unofficial poet-laureate, Edwin Thumboo. He is brusquely vocal about poetry with a purpose and yet appears a hopeless romantic in his poems about his wife. What happens when a mind which is such a melting pot of brilliant ideas and contrary emotions tries to unscramble the identity of a country like Singapore which is known for a fierce economic growth that has often elbowed aside everything else? The Votive Pen sees Edwin Thumboo’s poetry without the static of earlier critical writing and with an intense alertness.
The Votive Pen
Written by Nilanjana Sengupta