All posts tagged: Poetry

Bus Stop Vignettes in text lit.mag

Recently, six of my Bus Stop Vignettes were featured in text magazine‘s second issue! For my submission to text, I went through the 14 vignettes I currently have (it’s an ongoing project), and picked out six that I felt best achieved the vision I had in my head when I set out to write these. These six are able to be read independently as separate poems, but also together as one poem in six parts. I love it when I accidentally stumble upon poetry in my poetry, it’s quite a marvellous experience.  The Bus Stop Vignettes were first conceived after I read a few xiaopinwen (小品文) or vignettes by Chinese writer 張岱, who wrote beautiful short prose pieces that read like watercolour paintings. I was enamoured with the form, as the focus of a vignette is to present an instance or a scene of something filtered through the perspective of the speaker. There is no formal beginning or ending for a vignette, and no set rule for content. This is very similar to the aesthetic …

An Open Letter To My Birthday Girl

Dearest. What does it feel like inside when you turn around and look back at the past 364 days quietly forgetting? The first day of the last year you can’t even bring up at all, isn’t that strange? A year is so very short, and so very long at the same time. This year, nobody else will ever know the fullness of effort you threw into everything you did. But I know. So I will tell you with these flowers fresh and blooming on the table. I love the days and nights you spent in the library writing your endless papers, and the mornings you commuted to teach with an extra-large tea and determination. I love the collection you birthed in the open library of your practicum, and the tulip garden soaked in rain that you still remember clearly. I also thank the dandelions in their yellow and white moments, for the words they gave you. I love the excitement spilling into three weeks of travelling and unspeakable joy. It will always be unspeakable, marvellous …

Happifier Update: Now available on Amazon!

Excited to announce that my debut collection of poems is now available in the Between Sentiment and Sensation Vol.1 Anthology available for purchase on Amazon!  Published by Red Paint Hill, and featuring three other fantastic women writers, the collection features thirteen poems, ten which have never been seen. The process of writing this collection was a pretty marvellous experience, full of learning and expanding my own writing space. As a result, my productivity has slowed down a lot more since, hence the relative inactivity of this blogspace. I believe that the season of plentiful writing will return, but for now, I am comfortable enjoying the space my words have created in me and for me, and the new words they are leading me to. I hope if you do get your hands on a copy, that you leave me a message so I can thank you, and we can be friends. 😀

Read: Poetry

One day this past summer, I took out Mary Oliver’s Selected Poetry Vol. II and began to read on the train. In between poems and that magnificent flickering sunlight only train windows create with such consistency, it suddenly occurred to me that I was reading poetry. Most will know that I now write poetry, and probably assume that my love for poetry is a given. But truthfully, reading and writing poetry was not always a restful practice. As someone whose interest in poetry came about through my studies, I have to say it was hard to make the leap from reading for school to reading for leisure. Poetry was associated with analysis, meticulous close reading for deconstruction, and the arduous process of constructing essay theses. John Hollander, Swan and Shadow Poetry is often a daunting genre to access, considered by most to be either too heavy and difficult to understand, or an overrated, overanalyzed slightly pretentious field. I can understand the reaction. Most people have dropped it after high school where they had to read …