I acquired this digital copy of Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet via NetGalley. Stars: 2/5 tl;dr: Read this book if you “don’t like, don’t read” poetry. For some reason, I was disproportionately excited about finally getting a copy of Faudet’s poetry book. Perhaps it’s because I’ve read and liked Lang Leav’s Love & Misadventure, and because the nature of their relationship resulted in the expected cross-promotion on my newsfeed.
I’m posting some of my shorter standalone pieces or excerpts on my Instagram account. A photo posted by Georgette Tan (@georgettetan) on May 19, 2016 at 5:40am PDT
Originally posted on Wordsmiths of Kuching on Facebook. The first time many of us in Kuching ever heard of performance poetry / spoken word was in 2006 when the British Council brought a poet named Francesca Beard to Kuching, when gigs with amateur bands were starting to get popular. Somehow or another, I was handed the task of tracking down the local writers and poets, and have them come read
An early version was read at ‘Strong Words’ in December 2013. This one went through some edits. The text for this new version is at the bottom of this post. Performed at Shades of Art X on Aug 2. Text under the cut.
‘Pantun Wajib’ means ‘Compulsory Poem’, in reference to the tradition of concluding speeches with pantun. If you’re unfamiliar with the term or form, a pantun is somewhat like a ruba’i but with an ABAB rhyming scheme. I’ve always wanted to write some when I find an appropriate subject matter, then I realised that there’s plenty of things to make fun off in a typical work day. I decided it would