Bite Harder: Open Letters And Close Readings


by Koh Jee Leong

Bite Harder: Open Letters And Close Readings

Price:  US$16.82   (SGD23.36*)
Format:  Paper Back, 232 pages
Published:  2018, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789810981013
SB#:  061905 (801)

About This Book

Fifteen years ago, Koh Jee Leong left a promising career in Singapore's Education Service in order to become a poet in New York City. The change was transformative. Bite Harder tells the story of the change through essays that blend the personal and the literary: unlikely friendships in graduate school and the Village; encounters with the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the activism of gender rights advocate Pauline Park; reading Eavan Boland on the Upper West Side and reading Gregory Woods in Queens. These formative experiences are described alongside pioneering essays on Singapore poets, such as Goh Poh Seng, Cyril Wong, Yeow Kai Chai, and Justin Chin, and uncompromising letters about the struggle for freedom of expression. Koh's unique perspective as both insider and outsider informs these essays and letters. Bite Harder is a vital contribution to the nascent genre of literary essays and the field of cultural criticism in Singapore.


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