POETRY | HIT by Charles Chiam

More She took aim Under the pale moon Her poisoned arrow Ready for her victim The graceful beast Feasting, unaware She fired Fast, silent Deadly Right between The greed-filled eyes Of the arrogant poacher The goddess smiled Having slain Another cruel idiot Though more will come She will be ready For her arrows Always hit their marks *** Header image by Steve Harvey on Unsplash. Hey guys, 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 Guidelines...

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ESEI | Penghijrahan Ke Temerloh Oleh M. Mahendran – Bahagian 1

More Saya tamat S.P.M pada tahun 1985. Dalam percutian atau lebih sesuai dikatakan semasa menunggu keputusan S.P.M, saya tidak membuat kerja sambilan seperti rakan-rakan saya yang lain. Saya lebih gemar duduk di rumah mendengar radio, menonton tv dan membaca novel-novel yang dipinjam dari perpustakaan daerah Bentong. Selama lima bulan itu adalah syurga bagi saya. Itu bukan bermaksud, sepanjang masa saya duduk goyang kaki di rumah. Segala urusan ke kedai, ke pasar, mencuci pinggan mangkuk dan memulakan dapur arang adalah tugas harian saya. Kadang-kadang saya juga perlu memasak nasi. Bapa saya bekerja di Temerloh dan abang pula belajar di Kuala...

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The Malaysian Performing Arts Scene Faces These 3 Challenges

More Born in Kota Tinggi, Johor, thespian Fasyali Fadzly has had a decade worth of experience in the process of writing a play to directing it. The 37-year-old is a recipient of the Boh Cameronian Arts Award in 2014 for Best Original Script, Best Director and Best Ensemble Performance for his play, Teater Juta-Juta. In the ten years since 2010, Fasyali has written and directed 10 plays with some of them even staged abroad in Canada, Tokyo, Jogyakarta, and Singapore. We recently got in touch with Fasyali via email to speak to him about his love for theatre, his anthology of scripts also titled Teater Juta-Juta and...

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POETRY | The Leaking House by Ismim Putera

More The house leaks As above, so below The rainwater tracks along the ceiling board Drenching all the dust And drips silently Onto my face At first I thought it was my tears From looking at The old house. The house leaks As above, so below Rainwater rushes through the cracked tiles Flooding all the sand And seeps softly Onto my feet At first I thought I was standing On a vast ocean surrounding The old house. The house leaks As above, so below But the love inside it, Never ran out, We swept the floor We dried the...

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How To Be Different And Make Soulful Music? We Ask Sabah’s Beza Cabeza.

More Hailing from Sabah, Annabel Eliza aka Beza Cabeza has been setting the Borneo music scene on fire. True to her stage name, Beza Cabeza is on a quest to be different. Well-received for her soulful voice accompanying thoughtful lyrics, the singer-songwriter has been performing a diverse range of music from rock, pop, jazz, to ethnic. She is set to release her latest single titled, Lost and Found, on February 14 which prompted us to get in touch with the singer. Hey Annabel! First up, what’s the story behind your stage name Beza Cabeza?  I used to be known as Annabel...

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POETRY | The Durian Tree by Jayati Roy

More There once stood a durian tree, In front of my gate, Solitary, twisted and bare, A forlorn state it did depict, Its age you couldn’t tell. Its branches hung high, Twisted like a snake, Black and mouldy, with parasites running wild, Its leaves stuck out in places. ‘It’s dead the neighbours lamented.’ Then one fine day the tree had a gleam, White flowers appeared as if in a dream. Little baby durians poked out their heads, And laughed at us, As if they had returned from the dead. ‘Don’t cut that tree,’ was my father’s cry, Some day...

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Short Story | The Tapping Toes by CA Yin

More She could hear the tapping toes every day. Sometimes, she could see them; tiny toes encased in little peach booties; slender toes in pink ballet shoes; toes encased in clunky hiking boots. In her dreams, they were her toes tapping in time to music or running on the soft sand of a beach. In these moments, she felt strong and alive. She felt she could overcome any obstacle and any burden. Challenges were nothing to her then. Joy and happiness surged through her body and carried her through. Today, she hears the tapping toes in the keyboard her...

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5 Things Only Voice Over Talents Can Relate To But Won’t Tell You

More An unseen person speaking for a visible character in an animation, video clip or a person simply narrating over visual content, is a voice over (VO) talent or artiste. Voiceovers, though most easily explained by referring to voices in radio spots, are not just for ads, but also audio books, animations, corporate videos, games and much more! The work of a voiceover artiste may be regarded as overrated and peculiar by those not privy to the process of recording talents in a studio. However, the world is oblivious to the trials and triumphs faced by these talents. So,...

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POETRY | Wakedness by Krishen Mohan

More A wakedness is bleeding in, The weight of which crushes, Down into the earth, Pressed into a reluctant slumber. But there around the fringes, Though this  boulder sits heavy, Light bleeds in, Hinting freedom exists yet. The days race by, Choice turns to prison, A river runs dry, Dread and distant. The reaver of yellow, Stalks part from grain easy, A sickling blade bleeds hollow, Rash and ragged, hurried heresy. *** Header image by Benjamin Zanatta on Unsplash.  Hey guys, we’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve got some and aren’t shy to share it with the...

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CERPEN | Tentang Kisah Ali dan 40 Orang Penulis oleh Aliaa Alina

More Pada suatu hari, Ali dan 40 orang penulis menyertai maraton menuju ke sebuah kedai buku yang menawarkan buku yang tidak ternilai harganya bagi mereka yang berjaya sampai di garisan penamat di pintu kedai buku, maka Ali dan 40 orang penulis bersiap sedia di barisan pemula dan sebaik sahaja mereka mendengar bunyi tembakan dilepaskan oleh seorang pengadil tua berperut gendut lantas Ali dan 40 orang penulis itu bersungguh-sungguh memulakan maraton namun selepas beberapa minit berlari, 5 orang penulis terlupa tujuan asal mereka menyertai larian itu dan terpinga-pinga melihat yang lain jauh meninggalkan mereka maka yang tinggal sekarang adalah Ali...

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How Crucial Are Open Mics? Just Ask Malaysia’s Rising Jazz Star, Dani Komari.

More If you’re a lover of jazz and the blues and frequently throng spaces that showcases such music, chances are you’ve possibly seen Dani Komari perform live. The 28-year-old refugee school teacher is famous in the music scene for putting her own personal spin to jazz classics. In recent years, specifically 2017 onwards, the singer-songwriter has gone on to perform at major festivals such as IP Jazz Festival, JB International Arts Festival, and the Publika Jazz Festival, sharing the same stage with established names such as Dasha Logan, Michael Veerapen, Lewis Pragasam and the late Amy Winehouse’s guitarist, Robin Banerjee. In short, Dani is on fire....

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POETRY | Moon by Charles Chiam

More The Moon Represents my heart To those unknown I look nice On the outside But, look closer, I am flawed I am ugly I have been hit Injured, and scarred But, It matters not I am still loved By those who care Friends Who are truly Curious About me When I play With my rabbits They join me They help me Take one small step So that I will Take one giant leap *** Header image by Alexander Andrews on Unsplash Hey guys, we’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve got some and aren’t shy to share...

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