It’s no secret that I’m a book nerd, a book geek, a book addict. I’ve been reading books — big and small — since I couldn’t remember when. There are at least three books that I could recall reading at a very early age. I read each of them when I was in my early teens at a time when censorship was big, at a place where you must choose your reading material carefully (or risk being branded a dissident), at a moment when I was questioning myself and the world around me.
The three books that made a huge impact in me when I was so much younger than today:
LOVE STORY by ERICH SEGAL — It made me believe in the power of love;
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by ANNE RICE — It helped me understand that the world is full of magic and wonder (and, sometimes, heartache and terror); and
THE FRONT RUNNER by Patricia Nell Warren — It helped me understand who and what I was (and am).
It’s great to know these books are still around to help me memorialise the small epiphanies in my life. What book had a similar impact in yours?
From not poems, just words …
Experimenting with words, images and ideas … just the right kind of therapy for me. Each and every one of us is an experiment.
‘To Be A Landscape’, my new poem, is now up on Peril Magazine, an online magazine focused on Asian-Australian arts and culture.
Read what Guest Poetry Editor, Muzamil Syre, has to say about it HERE.
And then read the full poem HERE.
Thanks, Peril Magazine!
(PERIL MAGAZINE LOGO courtesy of Peril on Facebook.)
The recents events in Orlando, Florida, have rattled me to the core. After wallowing in the shadows and weeping copious tears, I thought long and hard about what everyone really needs during these dark times. All I could think of is to give and share love, love and more love. It’s one of the reasons why I write about love, with an ardent hope that it provides some comfort and peace to someone. Let go of hate, bigotry, indifference and intolerance. Get love to do the work. Get love for yourself. Get and give love to every single person on the planet. It’s the only thing that matters.
On a day full of surprises, this certainly is one of the highlights. A brand new poem, ‘A Rendering of Genes’ has just appeared on Verity La‘s Heightened Talk. It’s a poem with various shapes and sizes, of different (and yet the same) colours. Thrilled to bits about it. Thanks, Verity La!
Check it out HERE.
(Image copyright: ‘self portrait’, Ramon Loyola)
Michael H. Broder of Indolent Books and the HIV Here & Now Project singles out my poem, ‘Touch Me Where It Hurts’. Thrilled to be part of this important project. Thanks, Michael!
Check out the poems and Michael’s interview with TheBody.com HERE.
(HIV Here & Now Project logo courtesy of Michael H. Broder.)
Ngana Banggarai (Black Wallaby), Verity La‘s Emerging Indigenous Writers’ Project, accepts up to five poems. Another great opportunity! Check out the submission guidelines HERE.