At a recent discussion at The Arts House on poetry and history, the chairman asked me how poetry can be a witness to history. I hesitated, but was prodded by poet, graphic novelist and literary critic Gwee Li Sui into recalling that I had written a poem about the day in August when Singapore separated from Malaysia.
It was titled 9th August 1965 and it appeared in my first book of poems - Coming Home, Baby - published in 1971.
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