How is your May going thus far, my friends? I just got my wisdom teeth taken out at the start of this month & so have been spending the past few days healing & resting (&, of course, eating an assortment of ice creams & breads & soft foods!). My new collection Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing comes out three weeks from today, & I flit between orange-bright delight & tender-wrecked dread at that revelation. Here’s hoping this book is worth the wait.
A few news-flavoured tidbits: I was featured for the third time in The Straits Times last week for a full-length feature on the rebel girls of Singapore poetry alongside the inimitable Marylyn Tan & Deborah Emmanuel! You can read the full article right here—warmth & thanks to Olivia Ho for such generous, light-painted reporting.
If you’re Singapore-based, please come celebrate the release of Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing with me—the launch party is on the 28th of May from 8 PM at the Merry Lion on Circular Road. I’ll be reading some poems, answering some questions, & telling some stories about how Portrait shimmered & smoke-curled into being. Admission is free, everyone is welcome, & it would be a joy to have you!
Finally, a few melodies for you this cerulean May, a mix keeping me company as my mouth aches & heals, as my hands spin & make, as every part of me hums a dream of soon, soon, soon. Enjoy, darlings. Thank you for being here. xoxo