Friends, as you may (or may not!) know, I've written a new book. It is my longest one yet & the first I've published in print, a collection of poetry that tiptoes the infinitely blurred lines between hurting, hoping, & healing. It speaks of sleepless nights & softened tongues, telling a story dreaming & bone-bright & out of focus in the rain. These poems are only as much for losing as they are for finding, only as much for despair as they are for the light scattered within it, only as much for leaving as they are for finally coming home.
The book is called poems for the sound of the sky before thunder, published by Math Paper Press, & launching on November 4th at the Singapore Writers' Festival. Regarding the launch... myself & Grace Chia (author of the gorgeous Mother of All Questions) will be reading some poems, telling some stories, answering some questions, & signing some books from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. The launch is free & open to the public, & we would so love to see you there.
Kind people such as Lydia Havens (author of Survive Like the Water) & Jason Erik Lundberg (author of Red Dot Irreal) have described poems for the sound of the sky before thunder as "a collection [that] feels like home for so many that want and bloom in the same way that Topaz does ... gives the reader permission to try and find beauty even in the ugliest parts of their life" & "a remarkable poetry collection from a very talented young voice ... full of confidence and grace".
I thought it would be wise to make an official announcement & do a small FAQ, of sorts, just so there isn't too much conflicting information floating around on social media:
What formats is the book available in?
PSST is only available in print form. There is a limited print run of 1000 copies & no active plans at the moment to release an eBook version, so you should purchase your copy while they are still available!
Where is the book for sale online?
Only on my publisher's website. It won't be available on Amazon, the Book Depository, or other online retailers, but it may be available in various brick-&-mortar bookstores & other outlets in the coming months (still TBD as of right now!).
I'm having trouble with ordering the book, what should I do?
I unfortunately am not able to help with questions regarding the logistics of ordering & shipping PSST. If you're having trouble, please directly get in touch with my publisher & let them know!
How can I support poems for the sound of the sky before thunder?
I'm so glad you asked! Here is a small list of ideas... you can, of course, buy the book. If you are currently in Singapore, you can attend the book launch this Saturday, November 4th in Gallery II of the Arts House (Old Parliament Building). You can leave a kind review on Goodreads (truly, they help more than you know!). You can send me an email or contact me on social media to tell me what you thought of it. You can mention it to your friends & loved ones, especially those who struggle with mental illness in their own lives. You can get in touch to request an interview with me on your blog, newsletter, podcast, journal, or other bright space. You can educate yourself about mental illness. You can make a donation to the Singapore Association of Mental Health, the National Association for Mental Illness, or your local mental health organisation.
Thank you so much, everyone, for all of the warmth & light you’ve poured into this creation. I can't wait to meet & hug you on Saturday, hear your thoughts about the book, see your photographs, & hear your favourite lines. I love you all more than words… & I think you know by now that I am pretty damn fond of words. xx