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Ars Poetica as Nested Memory

Best are things which read

like clamps on this heart.

A locked chest of drawers

 

with a grimy, cracked mirror.

How beautiful, for a lack of

surprise. In this, your eyes

 

are but flipped gold coins.

How spent. How God’s works

are often dull and silent

 

because they’re sufficient;

we are often a greedy lot,

crowing for seeds in a carpark.

 

Give us Easter Egg, give us

Matyroshka, meaning

which pools in itself. Give us

 

no pause. Say nothing. Take us

- break our crutches and teach us

how to dance.

Valen is a core member of Singapore-based literary collective /stop@BadEndRhymes (“/s@BER”), supported by literary charity Sing Lit Station. He has been published in Anxious Poets Society, Eunoia Review, QLRS and multiple Singapore Poetry Writing Month anthologies, with pieces forthcoming under Squircle Line Press and Rambutan Literary. He was also one of the winners from Textures 2018, a poetry manuscript competition held by The Arts House Singapore, as well as the Signature Art Prize 2018 Poetry Competition organised by the Singapore Art Museum.

This poem is taken from our upcoming Ars Poetica Anthology: "Our Poetica"--and should be available to purchase next month!