COGITATIONS I read some of my old letters- Friends and lovers and miscellaneous. I wonder if I should keep any? How does one preserve privacy When one is told to donate Private stuff to libraries? Because- they flatter— One is deemed to be special. I struggle both for right words And also right conduct! In the end I’d probably succumb. Do what my betters have done: Donate but with time-limits So the immediate won’t hurt. What a privilege to have — Choose between now or later!
Kirpal Singh is a poet and a literary critic from Singapore. An internationally recognised scholar, Singh has won research awards and grants from local and foreign universities. He was one of the founding members of the Centre for Research in New Literatures, Flinders University, Australia in 1977; the first Asian director for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 and 1994, and chairman of the Singapore Writers’ Festival in the 1990s. He retired the Director of the Wee Kim Wee Centre.
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