Poems about migration and change

Many of Theophilus Kwek's poems in his new book, Moving House, are based on real events

Moving House by Theophilus Kwek (top) is dedicated to "those who build our houses and those who believe in keeping them open".
Moving House by Theophilus Kwek (above) is dedicated to "those who build our houses and those who believe in keeping them open".PHOTOS: CARCANET PRESS, COURTESY OF THEOPHILUS KWEK

On a November night five years ago, Singaporean poet Theophilus Kwek was walking back to his room in Oxford University when a car drove up. Some youths leaned out of the car window and struck him in the face with a metal rod, breaking his glasses.

"As they drove past, they yelled something which I couldn't quite make out at the time," recalls Kwek, now 26.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2020, with the headline 'Poems about migration and change'. Print Edition | Subscribe