Cyril Wong is the author of nine collections of poetry and a book of short stories. His last book was Satori Blues(Softblow Press 2011). He resides in Singapore and is based at The Substation, Singapore's first independent arts centre.
No matter where our writers are from or what they have experienced, they all have a little something in common...
In novels, plays, and motion pictures, it’s a well-known trope. From Star Wars to The Matrix, Lord of the Rings to Battlestar Galactica to Harry Potter and even Julius Caesar, there’s a prophecy, and the characters have been holding to it for many years — generations even. The problem is, the prophecy is so vague, no one can agree on its meaning.
The stench of old cigarettes follows him to his seat where hangs his head to avoid the stare...
We’ve come together under an old tree, We’ll walk for a while together alone, Into the far distance until we come to a lonely seashore, We’ll hop on our canoe and row for a while alone...
Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a editor, translator, and poet From Hongkong . She is the founding co-editor of the first Hong Kong–based literary publication, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and an editor of the academic journal Victorian Network.
The art has become a commodity; why is your voice any better (or different) than that writer’s? How do you get heard amid the roar? How do you keep your spirits up when everything tells you it doesn’t really matter if you keep on or quit writing?
We took it from the phrase “Make no bones about it.” We like the idea of encouraging honesty, straightforwardness-- but since we’re literally talking about the bones of poems, we wanted the “no” in parentheses. As a poet you have to make bones while making no bones, ya know?
I can’t help it. Writing is a compulsion. I might go a few days without writing but if I do more than two or three, I start to get anxious. Writing helps me organize my thoughts. Without it, I become easily confused and scattered. I become short tempered and unpleasant. If I don’t write, writing becomes all I think about.
So editing it just the worst thing. Ever. I want to just write a story, have it come out perfect, and be loved by the entire world overnight. Is that too much to ask? Yes, yes it is.