The Arbitrary Sign by Desmond Kon

This poetry collection, in adding to the wealth of Singapore literature, helps to diversify it. Its effort to bridge ideas in continental philosophy and poetry demystifies the long perceived divide between the two fields of knowledge and study. In providing diagrammatic poems, it also works on an internal ekphrasis, between poem and typographic image, thereby helping readers appreciate the interstices between various artforms. With the increased convergence of media, this is one more example of how poetry can have a dialogue within the interdisciplinary arts.