POETRY | Unrecognition by Juliana Heng

More Unrecognition : Feels like  having my feet nailed to the ground, unable to move forward. The more I want to break free,   the more it grips me at every toe,  keeping me rooted to the ground, persistently reminding me to yield to my fate.    Unrecognition :  Feels like I am being smothered by a pillow.  I tried to breathe,  but nothing goes in.  I tried to yell,  But nothing comes out.  Eventually I will be out of breath,  My voice silenced to nothingness,   calling me to yield to my fate.    Unrecognition :  Feels like I am...

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PUISI | Roti Dan Mentega oleh Afifi Azman

More Kamu tahu tentang kebosanan yang tidak boleh dipisahkan dengan kemiskinan saat kamu sedang mengikat perut tiada yang menarik minat kamu kamu mula berbaring cuba menghabiskan masa dengan tidur kamu sedar bahawa saat kamu bangun perut tetap berbisik irama kelaparan.   Kamu mula sedar setelah seminggu kamu hanya memakan roti dan mentega dia hanyalah perut yang dihiasi aksesori organ-organ kering.   Tetapi terdapat satu perasaan yang amat menyenangkan mengenai kemiskinan sesiapa yang pernah hidup susah pernah mengalaminya lega hampir berasa seronok akhirnya kamu mengenali luar dan dalam tentang diri kamu yang sebenar-benarnya bahawa kamu boleh menghadapi kemiskinan dan kebosanan....

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SHORT STORY | He Who’s Chained Up With the Devils by Ismim Putera

More This year, Almighty God have decided that he will be chained along with devils in that particular month. Of course, there is only one month where devils are chained up. I have no idea where the sky angels got the revelation from. It was not properly revealed. Traditionally, the revelation was accompanied by hymns from the virgins, and Archangels would flap their wings like butterflies when they descend with the blessings from High Heaven. Some said it was a whisper from a prophet sitting on the third orbital layer of the sky. Others said, with a patristic tone,...

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Celebrate Yasmin Ahmad Through These Personal Stories By Those Who Knew Her Intimately

More Image credit Yasmin at Kong Heng. In 2009, Malaysia lost a precious soul. Yasmin Ahmad was only 51 when she returned to the Maker. The filmmaker collapsed, unexpectedly, at a work meeting. She had been suffering from a brain hemorrhage. The news shocked a nation, who had felt her love through her work in television ads. Until today, her name is synonymous with that special way of storytelling, a mix of humour, love and unspoken realities that most Malaysians will easily relate with. She boldly treaded where others feared to go, touching on taboo themes such as interracial love...

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POETRY | Paradise by Krishen Mohan

More I dream, Of a wasteland, Of scattered mesas, Blackened to white. A landscape charred, To a dust fine, A palate of grays, Blown adrift, aflight. There are here yet, Diamonds in the dust, And hidden in the shadows, Cane amidst the dirt. Sour fruit fresh palate, This bitter a nectar, Never had I tasted, The sugar amidst the ashes. *** Cover art by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash. We’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve got some and aren’t shy to share it with the world, please drop us an email at editors@eksentrika.com. Oh, do read our Submission...

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CERPEN | Terapi oleh Anuradha Chelliah

More Senyuman terukir. Mata bersinar-sinar. Segala kesedihan hilang begitu sahaja. Segala masalah tidak teringat lagi. Bau minyak wangi sungguh menenangkan. Terasa nyaman. Suara juga memberikan keyakinan. Terasa seperti satu semangat baharu telah mengubah diri. Terasa cergas dan ceria semula. Ahh…indahnya kehidupan ini. Seronok. *** Aku dan Jay baru keluar daripada bilik boss setelah dua jam di soal tentang penghantaran barang yang tidak sampai ke destinasinya. “Apakah yang terjadi? Sudah banyak kali berlaku sebegini. Ini akan merosokkan reputasi syarikat sahaja. Cuba bertanggung jawab sedikit,” nadanya semakin tinggi. “Mmm…nak buat macam mana? Benda sudah berlaku,” hati kecilku bercakap tanpa bersuara. Aku...

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VANNA Took 10 Years To Make Her Music Public. Then COVID-19 Struck.

More Born and raised in Tel Aviv, of Indian and Iranian parents, Israeli singer-songwriter VANNA has been dropping several singles with an aim to release them all as her debut EP. Titled High Hopes, the EP will be released at the end of 2020 and chronicles VANNA’s journey as a musician and as a person. We recently got in touch with the singer-songwriter to find out more about the EP, the challenges she’s faced as a musician due to the coronavirus, and if she still has hope. Hey there VANNA! Let’s start with your stage name. What does VANNA mean?...

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POETRY | Gone by John Prabakaran Solomon

More Gone and forgotten, Haunting my soul, Oddly familiar, Maybe a norm.   Screams and moans fill my ears, Can I look forward to another kill? Maybe it’s all in the thrill. Where else can I find my fill.   Whish. Slash. I disappear. Not knowing when I’ll reappear. Knowing now knowing when I’ll kill.   Darkness will fade, And I will illuminate, For you, my darling. My sweet beautiful darling. *** Cover art by Cristian Newman on Unsplash. We’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve got some and aren’t shy to share it with...

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ESEI | Saya Dan Bidang Penulisan oleh M. Mahendran

More Saya pun tidak tahu bagaimana saya terjebak ke dalam bidang penulisan. Suatu bidang yang saya libatkan diri dengan tidak begitu serius.  Perkara yang digesa dan dipaksa oleh ibu bapa saya untuk menulis di majalah sekolah semasa saya di darjah dua berterusan hingga kini. Mungkin kerana nama saya ditatap oleh orang ramai, ia membuatkan saya gembira.  Walaupun saya bukan seorang penulis tersohor seperti mereka yang lain, saya  masih menulis. Setelah menghasilkan karangan dan rencana untuk majalah sekolah rendah dan menengah dalam bahasa Malaysia, bahasa Inggeris dan Tamil, saya mula menulis ke ruangan ‘Surat Daripada Pembaca’ ke akhbar-akhbar Tamil pada...

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3 Years Ago This Band Was A One Man Show. Here’s How It Grew.

More In 2017, when we interviewed Daniel, he was a one man show with Wanted Symphony. Three years on, turns out, his band has now grown. Daniel shares with us how much his music has evolved in the span of three years and how, collaborating with Ruben, has opened up opportunities to try out brand new sounds. The last time we spoke was in 2017! How much has your music evolved in the course of close to 3 years, Daniel? Quite a bit, actually! Wanted Symphony is now a singer-songwriter duo comprising of Ruben and myself, and we’ve moved...

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POETRY | Like They Do In The Movies by Avery De Witt

More I want to kiss you Like they do in the movies Full of anguish and yearning Yet sweet and slow I want the taste of you Left on my tongue Long after it’s over I want to feel Love and sentiment Dripping and smothered Between two different worlds And two different minds I want to see Light clouds From warm breaths With my eyes half-closed I want our arms Wrapped around each other My fingers tracing The fine hairs At the nape of your neck *** Cover art by Yulia Khlebnikova on Unsplash. We’re looking for more short...

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CERPEN | Trauma oleh M. Mahendran

More Saya membuka mata. Pening rasanya. Saya melihat tempat saya sedang berbaring dan melihat di sekeliling. Saya faham. Kini saya sedang berada di hospital. Kaki kanan saya berbalut, begitu juga kepala saya. Saya memandang ke atas. Kipas sedang berpusing dengan amat perlahan. Saya cuba untuk bangun dan duduk. Tidak boleh. Saya melihat katil di sebelah saya, kelihatan seorang wanita tua Cina sedang bercakap sendirian. Melihat keadaan cahaya dan  keadaan di dalam wad itu; pasti tengahari. Saya melihat katil-katil di depan saya, kesemua penghuni wad terbaring dalam keadaan sakit seperti saya. Mungkin bermacam-macam penyakit. Cuma saya seorang sahaja berbalut begini...

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