For the month of March, we’ve specially curated five books for those cozy times nestled under the covers with a cup of hot chocolate. From books catered to those filled with wanderlust, to poems centering on our innate desire for connection, these reads are sure to bring you on a journey through worlds too great to explore in a single seating.
1. We Were Always Eating Expired Things by Cheryl Julia Lee
Centered on our innate desire for connection, both physical and emotional. The poems deal with the impossibility of such an endeavor and celebrate our persistence in striving anyway.
At its core, the collection is built around a very wise line from a Beatles song: I want to hold your hand. I want to hold your hand with no further expectations. I want to hold your hand instead of telling you I understand when I don’t. I want to hold your hand although we don’t always get along. I want to hold your hand despite the calluses, scratches, and scars that get in the way. I want to hold your hand knowing I’ll have to let it go one day.
2. The Desire For Elsewhere by Agnes Chew
The Desire For Elsewhere takes you on an intimate journey to explore the interiors of the museum of the narrator’s being, where otherwise ordinary artefacts reveal the stories they contain within. Travelling to the past, parallel planets, and the future, it tells a story of stories that explores the universal themes of love and loss, time and transience, and travel and wanderlust.
3. Rain Tree by Mahita Vas
Centering on a spirited young woman, it a story about hopes, dreams and sacrifice. Ani goes through a series of hardships and many crossroads of life. With chronic unemployment, a housing shortage and impending Independence, Ani realises that without an education, life will be unbearable. With an illegitimate baby, life will be impossible. To alter her destiny, sacrifices must be made. But at what price? Rain tree weaves a story of loyalty and hope with lessons on love unlike what Ani has learnt from English novels.
4. Dreaming Cities by Eddie Tay
In this book, poems and street photographs dream of the modern city, laying a poetic geography over the urban landscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore. Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay is a long-time resident of Hong Kong. He is an associate professor at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on street photography, creative writing and poetry. He is also the reviews editor of Cha, an online literary journal based in Hong Kong. This is his fourth collection of poetry.
5. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore On Airports and Air Travel
The city-state of Singapore is small enough to fly over in three minutes, yet is also home to two of the “world’s best”, Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel presents poetry, short stories and essays inspired by that distinctly modern experience of coming and going by air, written by some of the most exciting voices in Singapore literature today. This collection takes readers from the depths of Changi Airport up to cruising altitudes half a world away, in the process exploring questions about travel, aspiration, belonging and home.
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