Category Archives: Poem

B-Sides and Backslides: 1986-2018 by Felix Cheong

Considering that I write poems, I rarely read poetry books, in part because I rarely understand the message or emotion the poet is trying to convey. I’ve never taken poetry in school, and my experiences of reading poetry have left … Continue reading

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A mindful reminder

This morning after yoga, I met up with a friend to collect some plants she wanted to discard. There was a communicating error about where I was. I texted that I was at the Muslim restaurant. She chided me when … Continue reading

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Yoga Class

Namaste! Inner-hale, exhale. I close my eyes to the instruction of the guru’s voice and try to get in touch with my breath.   The Caucasian man next to me Sounds as if he’s hyperventilating as air wheezes nosily out … Continue reading

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Nasi Lemak Pantun

Pantun is a Malay poetry form from South East Asia, which has interlocking lines in the stanzas. I just studied this and am really enjoying experimenting with it. Here’s one I just wrote about Nasi Lemak (rice coconut= coconut rice, … Continue reading

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Love Poems – class activity

Last week in class, we were given 15 minutes to write a love poem without rhyme, meter or any formal constraint and I came up with two (although now that I am aware, writing without formal constraint takes getting used … Continue reading

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Ironing Board

Another of my ‘thing’ poem experiment, also inspired by another play. (I’m doing drama writing and poetry this semester.) Ironing Board Tucked in a corner, legs folded beneath, like a surf board left drying after riding the waves. Instead, upright, … Continue reading

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As part of my poetry homework, I was supposed to come up with a ‘thing’ poem. I experimented on many things, and this lipstick poem is one, which came to me in the middle of Xinyao concert – weird. It … Continue reading

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