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About Theophilus Kwek

Born in Singapore, Theophilus Kwek has published four volumes of poetry - most recently The First Five Storms, which won the New Poets' Prize in 2016. He also won the Jane Martin Prize in 2015, and was co-winner of the Berfrois Poetry Prize in 2017. He has served as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and is currently Co-Editor of Oxford Poetry, as well as Chief Executive Assistant at Asymptote. He is pursuing a Master's in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford University. 
Latest Posts | By Theophilus Kwek
‘No Poetry after Auschwitz’? On the Writer’s Place in Responding to Crisis
11 months ago

‘No Poetry after Auschwitz’? On the Writer’s Place in Responding to Crisis

Adorno’s dictum – ‘to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric’ – sounds a cautionary note for the socially-engaged writer. Against the impulse to respond with the tools of our trade, …
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