“We, the screensomniac survivors”

The trauma of the bedtime stories of the captains of our industrial past of their touch on our timelines of the ways they flourished from deception to be 21st century standards and role models is the fuel we burn we, the screensomniac survivors placed here with missions from broken people who became parents, question every…

“You would have to be as thick as my Nusantara thighs”

The very idea of coddling that croaking old canard xxxxxxxx the slave-encrusted crowd of crusty colonial capitalism Ha! You would have to be as thick as my Nusantara thighs. Those dudes came for the spices and stayed for the kick of being living antonyms to savages Now we surf and smoke their cigarettes inhaling the…

“Anyone who says they haven’t run a red light”

Anyone who says they haven’t run a red light for the possibility of good sex is either too young to drive or smart enough to avoid mixing pleasure with danger even though it is the most heady cocktail next to booze or cigarettes Either way, they’re probably someone I don’t know very well because I…

The Gerai will be at Next Door @ Publika

After opening #GeraiPuisiSegera booths in Penang and Ipoh, I’ll be writing instant poetry by donation back in KL on the weekends of 21-22 November and 12-13 December at White Box, Publika, from 2pm to 4pm. I’ll be sending the typewriter for a quick check-up this week, so hopefully you’ll be able to hear me typing away before…

“Ten years or more of timelines”

Ten years or more of timelines Where my life breathes in between measured by deadlines labelled workaholic, my compass points to a north that swings wildly in the cold blue laptop reflection of my eyes When I lie down, the idea of salaries are defibrillators to this body in rest In this rigid ruler life…

“The believers want to be as phoenix as Jesus”

I want to live a life as rojak as my tongue that twists and trips over language and the labyrinths of narration O, how many Venn diagrams I still have yet to realise I am a part of these circles are shy, vague, stretch and shiver in the hands of brain and history like children…

“The moon and the woman have more in common than”

The moon and the woman have more in common than philosophers think Every month marks their bodies And they fill up and deplete Under the affections of man and sea To the unobservant, quick eye There is no difference between salt water and tears Both can kill If the lighthouse is off duty On a…

The Gerai has a cameo in Liyana Fizi’s new video!

Liyana and I talk about how people mix us up— although I don’t think having almost 50 thousand followers is my kind of thing, or will ever be. She visited my #GeraiPuisiSegera in its earlier days and told me that my poem for her was in her latest music video. Go see!  

“There’s nowhere he can go without”

There is nowhere he can go without Someone asking where he came from Two smiles later with a stranger He finds himself thinking Pleeeeease don’t ask To let them know is to say a word That takes him back to his childhood room The smell of his mother’s kitchen To hear them say “Aah, Nigeria…”…

Interviewed by The Malay Mail Online

MMOxGTF: Give Liyana three words and she will give you a poem… in an instant! by Lydia Koh KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 — You’ve heard it all before: Malaysians don’t like to read. So, what more when it comes to poetry. But Liyana Dizzy has taken on the challenge to change that. One poem at a…

A Case Of The Mystifyingly Deemphasised Moor

In my first experience with Shakespeare Demystified (SD), I walked away from Othello feeling like a contact lens was missing. A new friend texts me. He’s an American educator, visibly black. He lives in Ipoh and commutes to KL. His text: “Ever since I arrived, I’ve noticed how socially dysfunctional Malaysians can be about race.”…