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Haiku

Not the rain
but after
no false note

Haiku

New day
old shoes
the leaves are turning

Haiku

A black moth
climbing up a white wall:
a bad stutter

Haiku

His tank top
is the same hot pink
as his dog's collar

Haiku

The long summer
has led the bee astray...
the cherries will bloom again

in memory of Jin Hirata

Haiku

The sadness
of scraggy fields
where we sat

Bettering American Poetry 2015

Proud to have my poem "A Whole History" (from Steep Tea) included in the groundbreaking anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015.

From my interview: "I knew people back home would be pleased and proud that a Singaporean was being published by the esteemed UK publisher Carcanet Press. I wanted people to know, even if they don’t open the book, that this Singaporean is proudly gay. The anti-sodomy law, an inheritance from the British, is still on the books, and the LGBT community in Singapore still faces all kinds of discrimination and prejudice. If the country wishes to embrace my book, it will have to embrace my sexuality. I also self-identify as postcolonial for political reasons. Not only do I wish to assert my independence against the British empire of letters, I also want to protest the neo-colonial apparatuses of oppression inherited and exercised by the Singaporean state. These apparatuses include not only the anti-sodomy law, but also state control of the press, …

Haiku

Under the sky
and its September glint
an empty pedestal

Translations and Haiku

"In His Other House" and "Singapore Buses Are Very Reliable" have been translated into Russian by Dmitry Kuzmin. I feel very honored.

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What's holding up
the clouds
in the treeless sky?