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Living in the present

Felix Cheong, who once declared he would stop publishing poetry because he felt he had nothing new to say, has learnt to take things in his stride.
Felix Cheong, who once declared he would stop publishing poetry because he felt he had nothing new to say, has learnt to take things in his stride.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Nine years ago, Felix Cheong declared he would stop publishing poetry. He felt, he says, that he was repeating himself, that he had nothing new to say.

Last Friday, the 53-year-old had to eat his words at the launch of B-Sides And Backslides: 1986-2018 (inset), a collection of "outtakes" from past volumes as well as new work inspired by his collaborations with classical musicians.

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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 'Living in the present'. Print Edition | Subscribe