These 'invisible' poems at the Esplanade and Arts House are only revealed when it rains

Using a specially formulated waterproof spray, non-profit Sing Lit Station has "hidden" poetry on pavements of the Esplanade.
Using a specially formulated waterproof spray, non-profit Sing Lit Station has "hidden" poetry on pavements of the Esplanade. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SING LIT STATION

SINGAPORE - A literary group has taken to the streets to bring more people closer - literally - to poetry.

Using a specially formulated waterproof spray, non-profit Sing Lit Station has "hidden" poetry on pavements of the Esplanade. The poems, which are written by Singaporeans Ann Ang, Felix Cheong, David Wong and Simon Tay, only appear when the ground is wet.

The group revealed photos of these "invisible poetry" on their Facebook page on Wednesday (Nov 2).

Eighteen poetry excerpts were curated by poet Pooja Nansi, of which the top 10 were voted by the public to feature in the project.

The project, called Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks, is currently in its initial phase with six "hidden" poetry excerpts. Apart from the four at the Esplanade, there are two more excerpts by construction worker Md Mukul Hossine and Singaporean Gwee Li Sui at the Arts House.

 
 

The selected poems explore topics of national identity and migrant worker issues.

The group was inspired by a similar initiative in Boston by literary non-profit Mass Poetry that kicked off in April this year, said Sing Lit Station writer and administrator Daryl Qilin Yam, 25, in an interview with The Straits Times.

"Our main aim is to come up with initiatives to engage Singaporeans in literature in fun, innovative ways. Having something like this can get young people excited - it's instagrammable," he added.

The group hopes to bring the project to Housing and Development Board neighbourhoods in the future.

"Our only hope is that everyone can get on board with the project," he added.