ABOUT THIS PROJECT
If you love me, say it at odd hours of the day and night, with your hand on my face or arm. These poets spell it out in moments of ecstasy, tinged with fear and from the deepest vulnerability. Young or old, each voice enters love as if for the first and last time, mining for meaning and celebrating the timeless paradox of impossible completeness.
Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature
Prize-winning author of Unmarked Treasure and Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light.
When it was my turn to buy
a dining table, shared days
became measured to fit married life;
I had to throw window-shopping
out the door and learn to grow
into each other’s promises
as we settle for a love called home.
by Loh Guan Liang
Loh Guan Liang is the author of the poetry collection Transparent Strangers (Math Paper Press, 2012). He is also the co-translator of Art Studio (Math Paper Press, 2014), a Chinese novel by Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Yeng Pway Ngon. His poems have appeared in various journals, including Crack the Spine (US), Enizagam (US), Mascara Literary Review (Australia) and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Guan Liang currently lives in Singapore.
blooming in our blackened beauty
ascending sunlight draped in black
conjoined through a ruse of light
tongues scraped in consonance
words swallowed and refusing to part
we enjoy such pomp of past regrets
by Mish'aal Bin Syed Nasar
Mish’aal used to spend his working hours behind a very thick piece of glass. He writes, acts and plays music.