Image credit: localbooks.sg / Cover artwork: Sarah And Schooling

Image credit: localbooks.sg / Cover artwork: Sarah And Schooling

 

SINGPOWRIMO 2015: THE ANTHOLOGY

EDS. JENNIFER ANNE CHAMPION, JOSHUA IP, DARYL QILIN YAM

POETRY ANTHOLOGY

SINGAPORE: MATH PAPER PRESS, 2015


Math Paper Press, an imprint of BooksActually, is a small press publisher of poetry, new wave novellas, full-length novels, and essays. Its eclectic range of literary and visual works also includes photography collections, memoirs and young adult fiction. Math Paper Press also distributes books by selected small presses.


SYNOPSIS

Singapore Poetry Writing Month, or as we affectionately call it, SingPoWriMo.

Write one poem a day for thirty days in the cruel month of April: that was the challenge we gave the Internet a year ago. This anthology brings together the best of the hundreds of poems that were submitted in 2015, with verses written in response to I’ve-woken-up-in-Bishan-Park-but-it’s-3am scenarios, to impromptu poems written about desire in dark places. In the spirit of community, we are proud to feature first-time poets beside established ones, and poems written in code-speak beside the recently-revived form of the empat perkataan.


A DARK PART OF TOWN : a poem by Daryl Qilin Yam (2015)

The problem I suppose
is that I have nothing left
to say. Nobody is keeping track of me,
and I have stopped keeping track

of strangers. I break the line here
because I have to. And I break the line here
because I know not what else
to do. I feel

like a wanderer when I am still,
a beast in the desert, holding his heart
in his own hands, wondering why
it beats still. I am in

a dark part of town –
where night is noon, and noon
is night, and somewhere along
the early evening, a brown stem brings forth

a bloom.