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GASPP is Singapore's first anthology of writers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and otherwise queer. It's the combined work of 35 authors, translators and editors, who've contributed poetry, short fiction, memoirs, essays and experimental writing in English, Mandarin and Malay. Between these covers, you'll meet a loving couple struck by HIV, a lesbian l GASPP is Singapore's first anthology of writers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and otherwise queer. It's the combined work of 35 authors, translators and editors, who've contributed poetry, short fiction, memoirs, essays and experimental writing in English, Mandarin and Malay. Between these covers, you'll meet a loving couple struck by HIV, a lesbian lawyer confronted by her past, a voyeur in New York library, an alarmed government censor, and a bomoh with a magic formula that keeps gay men faithful. Romantic, sensual, funny and bizarre, these works are a testament to the range of voices that constitute queer literature in Singapore today. Featured writers include Johann S. Lee, Ovidia Yu, Alfian Sa'at. Cyril Wong, Ng Yi-Sheng and Adrianna Tan.


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GASPP is Singapore's first anthology of writers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and otherwise queer. It's the combined work of 35 authors, translators and editors, who've contributed poetry, short fiction, memoirs, essays and experimental writing in English, Mandarin and Malay. Between these covers, you'll meet a loving couple struck by HIV, a lesbian l GASPP is Singapore's first anthology of writers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and otherwise queer. It's the combined work of 35 authors, translators and editors, who've contributed poetry, short fiction, memoirs, essays and experimental writing in English, Mandarin and Malay. Between these covers, you'll meet a loving couple struck by HIV, a lesbian lawyer confronted by her past, a voyeur in New York library, an alarmed government censor, and a bomoh with a magic formula that keeps gay men faithful. Romantic, sensual, funny and bizarre, these works are a testament to the range of voices that constitute queer literature in Singapore today. Featured writers include Johann S. Lee, Ovidia Yu, Alfian Sa'at. Cyril Wong, Ng Yi-Sheng and Adrianna Tan.

30 review for GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singaporean Poetry and Prose

  1. 4 out of 5

    xueh wei

    I really, really enjoyed this. I'm glad I read this now, I suspect I wouldn't have felt some stories as deeply if I read it right away when I bought it several years back. That said, there were some poems/stories that I just didn't get. But there were many others that absolutely pulled at my heartstrings. I wish there were more LGBT+ themed anthologies within the Southeast Asian contexts! I want to read them all. Are there more? I shall look out for them. [Proper review to come later.] I really, really enjoyed this. I'm glad I read this now, I suspect I wouldn't have felt some stories as deeply if I read it right away when I bought it several years back. That said, there were some poems/stories that I just didn't get. But there were many others that absolutely pulled at my heartstrings. I wish there were more LGBT+ themed anthologies within the Southeast Asian contexts! I want to read them all. Are there more? I shall look out for them. [Proper review to come later.]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    The writings are of varying degrees of proficiency. I There were some I loved, while I didn't get a few of them. Ng Yi-Sheng's 'Lee Low Tar' is amazing and has twists that are almost Dan Brown-esque. I couldn't stop thinking about it for a few days. Johann S. Lee, Ovidia Yu, Alfian Sa'at, Cyril Wong, Lee Yew Leong, Adrianna Tan, O Thiam Chin, and many others write fantastic and heartwarming stories. Generally, this landmark anthology is good for a debut, but much more progress could be made in f The writings are of varying degrees of proficiency. I There were some I loved, while I didn't get a few of them. Ng Yi-Sheng's 'Lee Low Tar' is amazing and has twists that are almost Dan Brown-esque. I couldn't stop thinking about it for a few days. Johann S. Lee, Ovidia Yu, Alfian Sa'at, Cyril Wong, Lee Yew Leong, Adrianna Tan, O Thiam Chin, and many others write fantastic and heartwarming stories. Generally, this landmark anthology is good for a debut, but much more progress could be made in future editions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wan Ni

    I skipped the poetry in this anthology- I just don't get poetry. Other than that, the stories in this collection are emotive, and raw. They aren't the best writing but by writing they have already started a big step in Singapore's queer scene. It's one thing to host and share at INDIGnation, but another to publish a book that is accessible to the masses. I skipped the poetry in this anthology- I just don't get poetry. Other than that, the stories in this collection are emotive, and raw. They aren't the best writing but by writing they have already started a big step in Singapore's queer scene. It's one thing to host and share at INDIGnation, but another to publish a book that is accessible to the masses.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beatrixe

    My favourite stories from this collection are Lee Low Tar (Ng Yi-Sheng), Little Fish (Tata So) and My Jerico (Tania De Rozario). Love the poignancy, often uplifting and humorous moments captured in this anthology.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    A landmark anthology unfortunately marred by its unevenness, both in terms of literary merit and structure.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Liew

    glad to see such an anthology published to feature LGBT stories, some of which a poignant and touching (I cried), but some were just plain tropeish.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Desca Ang

    The review is taken from my Instagram account: @descanto The book is collection of queer short stories and poem. πŸ³β€πŸŒˆ They circle around the issue about LGBTIQ including family acceptance and homophobia/transphobia. Some poems are hard to digest but it's okay because some stories and poem are relatable to one's personal experience and beautifully written. Some of my favourites are Marcus and Eliott by Johann S. Lee, Seven by Alfian Sa'at, and Lee Low Tar by @yishkabob Marcus and Eliott tells a story The review is taken from my Instagram account: @descanto The book is collection of queer short stories and poem. πŸ³β€πŸŒˆ They circle around the issue about LGBTIQ including family acceptance and homophobia/transphobia. Some poems are hard to digest but it's okay because some stories and poem are relatable to one's personal experience and beautifully written. Some of my favourites are Marcus and Eliott by Johann S. Lee, Seven by Alfian Sa'at, and Lee Low Tar by @yishkabob Marcus and Eliott tells a story about a couple and one of them is infected with HIV. The last part of the story in which Eliott writes a letter of 'coming out' to his parents is so touching. Seven tells a story about a guy who tries to find his true love. He tells the readers seven lovers he met in order for doing so. Lee Low Tar is a witty story about homophobic attack - a panic and fear of turning everyone into gay. The circulation of the book does not only enrich the Asian queer/gay literature but also giving a new sphere in enjoying stories and poems with LGBTIQ theme.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yingtai

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  10. 4 out of 5

    Namgay

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin Lai

  12. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  13. 4 out of 5

    pearlyn

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tivona

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nat

  17. 4 out of 5

    StellaDow

  18. 4 out of 5

    Poetry Singapore

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sachi S.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ipshita

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jazlyn Song

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ridzwan Haron

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clement

  25. 4 out of 5

    Terry C

  26. 4 out of 5

    Roy Llh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Afiq Anwar

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet Yeh

  29. 4 out of 5

    Desmond Kon zhicheng-mingdΓ©

  30. 4 out of 5

    Xi Hui

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