SEVEN HUNDRED LINES: A CROWN OF FOUND//FOUNT SONNETS
Amidst the buzz of the Singapore Bicentennial, there has been greater awareness of how Singapore’s history goes as far back as some 700 years, and then some. To commemorate and celebrate Singapore’s 700 years of history, this anthology, titled Seven Hundred Lines: A Crown of Found//Fount Sonnets, adopts as its form of choice the quintessentially Singaporean sonnet, with its own distinct formal structure. The sonnet is unrivalled in its classic stature. No other form has its cultural cachet, so much so whole nations have their own versions of it. The Singaporean sonnet, invented by editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, comprises the 14 lines expected of any sonnet, while dipping into existing texts to unearth 14 distinct words, each of which are then woven into each of the 14 lines. Fragments of historical or literary texts are invoked, as pivots around which envelop the lyric of the new poem. This method is borne of Oulipo aesthetics. With 50 contributing authors, this epic poem features 50 loose instalments within a 700-line sonnet cycle or crown, a fitting tribute poem for such a monumental event. This sprawling, expansive lyric-narrative is, indeed, a grand birthday poem to the country.
The contributors include:
Aaron Maniam, Alex Tan JX, Anurak Saelaow, Arin Alycia Fong, Bryan Thng, Chua Luck, Clement Yue, Crispin Rodrigues, Danisha Liang, Darienne Sim, David Wong Hsien Ming, Desmond Kon, Elijah Wong Man Shun, Eric Tinsay Valles, Francine Wang, Hedy Habra, Heng Siok Tian, Iain Lim Jun Rui, Ian Chung, Jack Xi, Jared Ho Chit Yin, Jeralynn Ow, Jerome Lim, Joey Hoe Si-En, Joses Ho, Ju-Lyn Tan, Keith Lim Wen Xuan, Kemlyn Tan Bappe, Kishore Kumar S/O Kalai Chalvan, Kiu Qingru, Koh Buck Song, Leonard Ng, Low Kian Seh, Marc Nair, Margaret Louise Devadason, Max Pasakorn, Migs Bravo-Dutt, Min Lim, Ng Yi-Sheng, Nicholas Quek Wei Sheng, Ong Hui Ying, Ow Yeong Wai Kit, Pierre Vinclair, Shalani Devi, Sofia Hafirda, Stephanie Chan, Tan Yin Qi, Valen Lim, Vanessa Teo, Wahid Al Mamun.
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