Olivia Ho speaks to three Singapore poets of note, all proteges of Lee Tzu Pheng, who have new works out

Dedicating a section to 'white poems'

In an unusual move, Aaron Maniam has asked his mentees instead of mentors to give citations for his new collection, Second Persons.
In an unusual move, Aaron Maniam has asked his mentees instead of mentors to give citations for his new collection, Second Persons.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

For Aaron Maniam, writing poetry is much like trying to catch a moth loose in a room.

"The moth flies around and it is very hard to pin down, but in the end, what you're left with is this gold dust on your hand. It's not the moth, but it is also a thing of beauty."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2018, with the headline 'Dedicating a section to 'white poems''. Print Edition | Subscribe