Thank you, my friends, for all your love regarding the recent announcement of my new book, Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing! As the preorder period has begun, I’ve spent most of the past month thinking about the narratives we call true, the gods we honour & the ones we forget, the experiences we name worth articulating to the world. Since I returned to Singapore I’m trying to exercise more, keep up with my emails, soak in the time with the people I will not see anymore in three months. Eat on time. Draw when I can. Stop leaving so many messages on read. Examine my hands & call them home.
Stunning words on Portrait from its early reviewers, C.S.: “The bold vulnerability of Winters' writing shines through in every word, particularly in the titular masterpiece of this collection. .... Portrait does not disappoint. It ebbs and engulfs in just the right places, leaving a very balanced yet hard hitting impact on the reader's mind.”
& Caitlin Conlon: “There are few writers that I struggle to pin down as much as I do with Topaz Winters. Something about the way she can twine images so neatly to collective feelings of yearning and persistence and absolute necessity is breathtaking in every sense of the word. Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing is an homage to light and all the ways it touches us and all the ways it abandons us in times of need but still manages to return. This is a collection about love, the ways we both survive it and grow with it, and desire, and the way night fades delicately into the dawn (always, always). There is a loud voice in my head begging me to also state that this is her most personal collection to date, but is it? Is it really? Winters gives you the impression of ‘maybe this, or maybe not’ that is unmistakeable, and lingering, and incredibly effective. You are not meant to know everything. This is clear. This is riveting. You can’t help but keep looking at it. … Topaz Winters is a poet to keep your eye on. If you haven’t noticed her yet, you will. She’ll make sure of it.”
You can preorder Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing right here, & listen to April’s mixtape (featuring mostly old favourites of mine, but also some gorgeous just-released singles from dear friends—Paola Bennet’s “Lydia’s Boy” & ÊMIA’s “All I Do”) below. I wish you a love as large as the sky, but with so much less falling.