By Faith Khong
Title: Sound of Mind – A teacher-writers’ anthology of poems and prompts
Edited by: Philip McConnell and Genevieve Wong
Publisher: Ethos Books
Price: $17.12 (inclusive of GST)
No. of pages: 98
Available at EthosBooks.com.sg.
Curated and edited by Phillip McConnell and Genevieve Wong, Sound of Mind is an anthology that draws inspiration from the surroundings of everyday life and memorable times of childhood and youth.
Penned with a touch of local flavour and context, the poems within the book are relatable and closer to the heart. These poetry artworks, contributed by our very own local teacher-writers, examined and expressed life in Singapore, providing an insightful contrast between the lifestyle of the past and present.
For instance, the poems entitled On The Bus Again by Genevieve Wong and The Five O’Clock Woman by Ann Ang, highlight the annoyances of taking public transport and the hectic lifestyle of the modern working woman.
On the other hand, David Leo’s Kaya Toast evokes a nostalgic reminiscence of childhood days and the simple joy of having a traditional breakfast meal with parents.
These literary artworks narrate short stories in a captivating manner, which made the reader reflects on even the most mundane and dull moments experienced daily. The use of imagery in the poems grabs the reader’s attention, allowing him or her to visualise the depicted scenes in the midst of igniting one’s imagination.
However, not all poems were easy to digest – some were even slightly daunting to read. In fact, one prevalent theme was the World War II. Those without background knowledge of the wartime back then, particularly the younger generation, will have a hard time comprehending the message.
Poetry, after all, is an acquired taste that requires deeper understanding of the metaphors, symbolism and sometimes experience to grasp the meaning. Nonetheless, the explanatory notes soothe the reader’s throat to ingest the poesy pieces.
In all, this book is worth a treat for those who want to indulge in the exquisite taste of local poetry in expanding their vista palate.