Little Things: An Anthology of Poetry
Edited by Loh Chin Ee, Angelia Poon and Esther Vincent
Publication date: 2014
Format: Paperback 163 pages
Catching crickets after school, waiting for class to end, playing with lanterns during Mid-Autumn festival, observing one’s grandfather cut his nails, watching the rain and the world go by – these are some of the little things that the poems in this anthology explore.
In this selection of more than 80 poems from Singapore and around the world, poets look afresh at things mundane and universal, from birth to growing up and first love to old age and death. Works by established Singapore poets such as Boey Kim Cheng, Lee Tzu Pheng, Arthur Yap and Cyril Wong and well-known international poets such as e. e. cummings, Billy Collins, Derek Walcott and Raymond Carver are set alongside poems by younger published poets such as Joshua Ip, Teng Qian Xi and Theophilus Kwek and previously unpublished poems in this refreshing anthology.
Arranged in six broad sections – Little Things, Growing Up, People Around Us, Going Places, Love and Loss, and On Words – this anthology will appeal to readers both young and old with poems that are quirky, delightful, sad and reflective.
A teachers' guide is also available: Teaching Poetry To Adolescents: a Teachers’ Guide to Little Things.
About the Editors
Loh Chin Ee is an Assistant Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She taught previously at Raffles Girls Secondary School, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Yishun Town Secondary School and is constantly amazed by how surprising and creative students can be when given the chance. She is the coeditor of Teaching Literature in Singapore Secondary Schools (Pearson, 2013) and her research interests are in Literature education and literacy practices at the nexus of globalisation. The little things in life that she enjoys includes smelling the fresh morning air, being able to finish a novel in one sitting without disturbance and spending time with her family in the park.
Angelia Poon is Associate Professor of English Literature at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She is the author of Enacting Englishness in the Victorian Period: Colonialism and the Politics of Performance (Ashgate, 2008) as well as co-editor of Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Literature in English (NUS Press, 2009) and Sexuality and Contemporary Literature (Cambria Press, 2012). Her research interests include postcolonial theory, globalisation studies, contemporary writing, and Singapore literature. She enjoys the little things in life like coffee in the morning, browsing in a bookshop and going to the beach with her three boys.
Esther Vincent currently teaches English Language and Literature at St. Hilda’s Secondary School. Recently taken to writing poetry, her poems have been published in Ceriph and online at Message in a Bottle Poetry Magazine (Editorial 13). She also co-edited enl*ght, an educational newsletter internally produced and managed by students of NIE, disseminated to educators nationwide. She is enthusiastic about learning as much as she can as she journeys on in an Education career, and contributing whatever knowledge she has to the teaching profession. Esther enjoys the little things in life like listening to indie folk music, chilling out in hipster café joints and the feeling of being loved.