the didactic will be the discussion: a conversation of poems …

May 24, 2017

The Arts House
730pm
21.04.2017

Poets — Readers — Speakers

Philippe Beck is a contemporary French poet, writer, and philosopher. He is Professor of Poetry at The European Graduate School, and of Philosophy at l’Université de Nantes. Interested in the nature of the poetic experience, for Beck, the poetic today lies not only between scientific experience and common sense experience but allows for their communicability — and his work traverses poetry, poétologie, prose, and philosophy. He has published sixteen books of poetry and was awarded the Grand Prix de Poésie from the French Academy in 2015 in recognition of his poetic œuvre.

Lim Lee Ching teaches literature and interdisciplinary subjects at SIM University, Singapore. He is the author of The Works of Tomas Tranströmer: The Universality of Poetry (Cambria, 2017), and has edited Peter van de Kamp's 2010 collection of poetry, Scratch & Sniff. Ching's poems have been published in One Imperative, as well as been collected alongside Geraldine Song's works, To Thee Do We Cry, Poor Banished Children (2013), and Semoga Bahagia (2015). Ching is the founding editor of The Singapore Review of Books.

Adam Staley Groves is the author of two complete volumes of poetry, Filial Arcade and Poetry Vocare. An individually published poem “Etui” was recently adopted to a contemporary classical music composition through Gaudeamus, in The Netherlands. 

Moderator

Jeremy Fernando is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at the European Graduate School, where he is also a Reader in Contemporary Literature & Thought. He has written eighteen books; and has been translated into French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Serbian. He is the general editor of the thematic magazine One Imperative; and is a Fellow of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore.

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This event is brought to you by Voilah ! 2017 French Festival and Delere Press, in conjunction with The European Graduate School, and is supported by The Arts House

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With thanks, and much appreciation, to Mark Chua & Lam Li Shuen of Emoumie Productions for so very kindly helping us to film and record the conversation.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.