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PEarls of wistfulness

10 July 2019

It is the all too familiar narrative in a city that stakes its identity on change and consumption. We eat ourselves so that we may be birthed anew; shinier, taller and more expensive. This photo-poetry essay is a paean to loss, an homage to an irreplaceable Brutalist building and a sigh in the fight to conserve a disappearing Singapore.


100 Word Stories

camera Talk

15 Aug 2019

"There she goes…"
"There she goes again."
"Racing through my screen."
"And I just can't reframe,”
“Do you know her name?”

"Does it matter, though?
We’re a pair of swivelling fools, tools
for some higher power that towers over
our narrow angles. Don’t tangle yourself with
human affairs, no point in caring if she’s in trouble
or has stumbled; our memory doesn’t last forever,
if they ever do press record, Lord, why worry about
what happens beyond the frame? If you ask me,
it’s all the same; like unfinished rhymes, people
walk in and out of life all the time."

100 Word Stories is a weekly series featuring flash fiction by Mackerel and photographs by Daniel Tan.


Photo courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.


tiong bahru book club

The Tiong Bahru Book Club returns on 21 August with a gripping post-apocalyptic novel, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. Click here for more details.


If you’re looking something alternative to do this National Day, check out
I AM CITIZEN, an alternative cultural celebration.

Makers, artists and musicians will transform the Old St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital into a one-day pop up featuring a range of workshops like block printing, bookbinding and calligraphy. There are also impromptu book clubs, an art market and art installations.

The Merlion isn’t spitting. / It is showing that / there are as many ways to speak

In this conversation with Hamid Roslan and Lee Wei Fen, language will be taken apart, scrutinised and studied for its associations with personhood and cultural identity.

About the book:
parsetreeforestfire by Hamid Roslan is a bilingual book of poetry in which poems in Singlish occupy one side of the book, and poems in English on the other.



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