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POETRY | Primogeniture by Deborah Wong

Behold the butterfly’s lips of swirling beanstalk, Contouring face, Entangling several huntress knots, a girl/this girl refused to commit the patriarchal system, leaving behind the delusion she’d suffered for long like a lovechild over lashes of grace; A dream that has appeared by the river bank, in the blanks, asking her to fill them There, she portrays with a vivid smile, unwrapping the last-ditch. She looks on as the salt water breeze’s feeding – upon her eyes, nose and unspoken lips, Edelweiss is the mouthpiece, she uses to whisper – of petals tarnished by daffodils, to represent her loyalty...

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POETRY | Yellow String by Nesam Pillay

Image credit lingabhairavi.org   She whipped him playfully with a thin rattan stick and he said ‘I feel no pain’ bravely she asked him if he could not be hurt and began to whip herself ‘stop it….. you’re hurting me’ he said he stood at the edge of their meeting place when she got there, she circled him, round and round like ten times ‘have you gone mad? ‘ he asked ‘no I have not’ ‘I am like the world circling my sun’ she says ‘what would I be without my sun?’ ‘I’d be so cold, my life would be...

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POETRY | Kural by Enbah Nilah

Artwork by Enbah Nilah For Jack Malik, who encouraged me to experiment with Tamil in my poetry, and whose struggle to find his Suara is one that so many of us know all too well. Terima kasih, kawan. Aayiram thirukkural vaasitte en naaku indru en kural maranthathu yen? I am now without a voice, I don’t sound like my maatha, pithaa, guru, or deivam. I have no certainty in the currency of words, I have spent too many; this inflation rose from the collapse of the foundation with which I made meanings, made sense of fumbling feelings, nothing I...

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POETRY | On My Block by Wan Rezal

There are stories everyday Laid on the pavement grey, The streets people wonder Tell tales of their sonders. Monsters and mobsters. A mother limps to the bank. She’s ragged and rank For her desperate fixation’s To pay for her child’s education. Meanwhile, Yellow shirts are gathered at a square To form a protest there Over a country gone sinister; With its servants and ministers. Hold up, let’s take a quick intermission As we bring you this breaking news transmission. The citizens are now actually interested In the sum’ and sum’ billion. Then again, how do you know the truth’s...

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Poets demand change at UCSI’s Poetry Slam Competition 2016

Can poetry deliver change? Thirteen budding poets explored the role of poetry in bringing change when they participated at UCSI University’s recently held Poetry Slam Competition 2016. Poetry slam is a live literary performance in a judged competition where poets take to the stage to express themselves through the recital of poems crafted on their own. Themed “Poetry for Change”, the competition saw the talented poets highlighting pressing issues concerning women, racism, patriotism and even mental health. Bagging the first prize for courageously performing poems based on personal experiences was Mok Jee Wen. The award was her first. “I’ve been...

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