Edwin Thumboo releases new poetry collection at age 85

Edwin Thumboo's latest collection, A Gathering Of Themes, gathers 109 poems, from sweeping works on history and nationhood to reflections on religion to love poems about his wife, Madam Yeo Swee Chin.
Edwin Thumboo's latest collection, A Gathering Of Themes, gathers 109 poems, from sweeping works on history and nationhood to reflections on religion to love poems about his wife, Madam Yeo Swee Chin.PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN, ETHOS BOOKS

SINGAPORE - In To A Young Poet, the poem that closes his new collection, pre-eminent Singaporean poet Edwin Thumboo writes: "You will learn that, near the end/ The creature you energised/ Begins to stalk its maker."

It is an unsettling way to look at the poetic process. "Oh, it can be terrifying," chortles Thumboo, who has been dubbed Singapore's "unofficial poet laureate".

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