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POETRY | Colours And Tears by Nay Universe

Colours and tears is really close to my heart as it was completed on my diploma graduation day. Since then, I focused on finishing the manuscript. So many people inspired me. People have come and gone and I’ve learned that they leave memories that have made me into who I am now. This book is essentially me speaking to people. Telling them how painful and joyful to experience love, loss and life. I lost my father recently at the age of 23. Since his passing, I have vowed to work twice, thrice harder. My manuscript for my book of poems,...

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POETRY | My Goddess by Dervin Frank

i want you i don’t just want you i want you i don’t think you understand i want you as much as the world needs calm i want you as much as heaven lacks harm as the feet long for one more mile as the chest hurts for one more breath as envy tastes oh so vile as to abandon you would mean my death i want you for pleasure and for pain i want you like chocolates and cocaine an obsession this is not an addict i am not but to you i am drawn without choice, reason...

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POETRY | The Reunion by Juliana Heng

Editor’s Note: This poem was first performed by Malaysian stand-up comedian and poet, Juliana Heng at the International University of Malaya-Wales Slam Off on October 16, 2019. It was extremely moving that we decided to obtain Juliana’s permission to share it with you here. Enjoy! The reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year is a cherished tradition of every Chinese family. It could be a huge gathering of a few generations under one roof, or just an intimate get-together with a few immediate family members. I used to have a reunion dinner every year, with my family of...

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POETRY | Ghazal: Of Mangoes and Sunbirds by Christine Chu

Children used to play pirates by the tree hunting sweet, golden treasures from the tree. In the heart of Eden, they willed to be like God and ate of the forbidden tree. With a worm in its beak for a hungry chick, a sunbird circles a silent tree. “Behave,” Grandpa would tell us, “or I’ll tie you up and hang you from the mango tree.” This year, Mummy leaves a gift—there used to be three, then two—under the Christmas tree. An empty nest hangs and quivers from a breaking branch as they chop down an old tree. “Behold, I...

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POETRY | As The Heat Is Lost by Ismim Putera

Outside the house, The sun is bright, It burns the house and dries the grass, and rains blessings to the rambutan tree, So it bears thousands of sweetness, For us to pluck and eat, And the ducks under the jambu tree, Sitting at the river bank, waiting for the tide, And we plant cangkuk on the hard ground, And it grows, leafy and lovely, Under the heat, as expected. Inside the house, The flame is bright, In the sooty kitchen, The air is painted with scented herbs, The dancing onions on the sparkling oil, Of the sweet curry with the...

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