Proust Questionnaire: 17 questions with Aaron Lee
By Yeow Kai Chai
Among the generation of Singapore poets who rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, Aaron Lee Soon Yong is probably the most discreetly contemplative.
Preferring the discursive to the disruptive, he pursues his concerns on matters of the heart and mind in his own quiet ways. He isn't prolific – but every book of his is thought through and duly feted. His first poetry collection, A Visitation of Sunlight (1997), was voted one of the year's best books by The Straits Times. His second collection, Five Right Angles (2007), was shortlisted for the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize.
Together with Alvin Pang, he co-edited two influential poetry anthologies, namely No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry (2000) and Love Gathers All: the Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry (2002).
Lee's work has been published internationally and performed at international festivals and conferences. 2014 will see the publication of his third poetry collection, Coastlands, which explores of the idea of a spiritual "home".
A banking lawyer and a writing mentor, he is married to the artist and educationist Namiko Chan.
Read the entire interview at QLRS