Poet Marylyn Tan, historic Singapore Literature Prize-winner, is not afraid to get her verse dirty

Poetry collection Gaze Back (above), by Marylyn Tan (top), was praised by the English poetry judges of the Singapore Literature Prize for being "not afraid to disappoint our expectations of what a good and well-behaved poem should do, in the service
Poetry collection Gaze Back, by Marylyn Tan (above), was praised by the English poetry judges of the Singapore Literature Prize for being "not afraid to disappoint our expectations of what a good and well-behaved poem should do, in the service of truth-telling".PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - "You will be surprized at dirts!" reads the text of Sexts From The Universe, part of Marylyn Tan's debut poetry collection Gaze Back.

What surprised Tan, 27, was how far the dirt would get her. On Aug 27, she made history as the first woman to win the Singapore Literature Prize for English poetry.

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