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A poem by Arthur Yap about encountering the insistent call of the nightjar in the urban jungle. Singapore is home to four of the 97 species of nightjars, a medium-sized nocturnal bird characterised by short bills.
Arthur Yap is one of Singapore’s most important poets, and published four major collections of poetry. He obtained his PhD in Linguistics from the National University of Singapore in 1982, and taught at the Department of English Language and Literature there until 1998. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1983 for his contributions to literature in Singapore. Yap passed away in 2006 at the age of 63. His Collected Poems were published posthumously in 2013 by NUS Press, along with his only short story collection, Noon at Five O’Clock.
Presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, produced by Tusitala and commissioned by National Arts Council.
Originally published by NUS Press
Read by Arthur Yap
Audio reading produced by Rajeev S. Patke, NUS Department of English Language and Literature (1998)
Audio production by Artwave Studio
3D space by Amirah Kamis
Cover illustrations by Ang Cheng Hui
Singapore literature, reimagined. little red comma comprises digital adaptations of six diverse literary works by Arthur Yap, Latha, Melissa De Silva, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, Samuel Lee and Yeng Pway Ngon, released from Aug to Nov 2020, as well as stories, essays and podcasts inspired by these literary works.