Madeleine Lee

madeleine lee poetry

New Event – Lingual Nerves: An Afternoon of Poetry Readings

image source. Event held on april 10, 2022

Join Singapore poets Isa Kamari, Koh Buck Song, Madeleine Lee, Lee Tzu Pheng and Edwin Thumboo as they read original poems written in response to works by Chua Mia Tee. The poets also delve into their expansive oeuvres to present existing socially-engaged poems that reflect on our ever-changing society. Following the readings, hear from the poets in a panel moderated by Yong Shu Hoong, as they unpack their works and trace the wider influences of social realism in poetry and literature.

Koh Buck Song is the Gallery’s Poet-in-Residence for 2021–22; following Edwin Thumboo (2018–19) and Madeleine Lee (2017–18).

This programme is organised in conjunction with Chua Mia Tee: Directing the Real at National Gallery Singapore.

More details on the National Gallery website

new publication december 2021

random walk – a book of nature inspired poems by Madeleine Lee

Madeleine continues her upward trajectory with her eleventh volume Random Walk. This latest volume is the literary result of her stint as Poet-in-Residence for Nature Society (Singapore) and BirdLife International.

Surveying Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Dairy Farm, Green Corridor, Changi Beach, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and coupled with exhilarating photographs by the poet, Seah Kim Weng, Soon Lee Ng and Ley Kun, the poet writes from a place of awe, settled and joy-filled. She weaves the personal, the profound, and the delightful with her quiet eyed stillness and gossamer touch, propelling us to a higher order of things.

This book is on sale by mail order from Nature Society (Singapore) at $36. Proceeds from the books go to Nature Society (Singapore). Click here for purchasing details!

photo credits: russel wong

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listen to an audio performance of ramble on, a selection of poems written by madeleine lee. read by veteran actress karen tan, composed by award-winning sound designer philip tan.

kind words by euginia tan, fellow poet & playwright about lee’s work one point six one eight


debuting with her anthology a single headlamp (2003), madeleine lee has published ten books of poetry. view them all here.

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