I looked for the poetry section in Borders, Orchard Road, over the weekend. I couldn't find it. I asked one of their staff. He said to look under "Shakespeare". I did. There was no poetry. But sitting pretty on the shelf were Marian Keyes and Jill Mansell.
Sad state of things for poetry -- considering how cheered I was minutes before that, during my meeting with WordForward
's Chris Mooney-Singh and Savinder. Chris passed me a small booklet he recently published, in conjunction with their work in schools, entitled "Voices From The Bamboo River: Sungei Buloh Wetland Poems". A concise 39 pages, this little book is geared at a school-going crowd, and I was surprised and happy at how much I enjoyed both the poems and the use of poetry as an educational tool, something which it does successfully on several levels: in terms of language and writing (cinquains, haiku, free verse, rhyme), nature, biology and environmental and species conservation.