Making Love with Scrabble Tiles

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If you were at the Brooklyn Book Festival this past September, you might have seen the intriguing book cover above, so representative of Singapore. Do you know what each face says about the country? (answers at the end of the post)

Joshua Ip, the poet who brought you Sonnets from the Singlish, is back with a new collection of poetry, Making Love with Scrabble Tiles. It promises to have fun with love and words. It also has a very sexy cover. The poet has grown R(A)?


The publisher’s synopsis:

““making love with scrabble tiles” is about love with language; words with friends; and sex with toys. in his second collection, joshua ip invites you to sit down across the board from him, as he lays down letters in the patterns of past or imagined relationships. some words should speak for themselves, but others taste best when balanced tenuously on the tip of your tongue.”

SP: Why should anyone buy your book?

Joshua: Because there aren’t already enough metaphors for love.

The new book is available from Math Paper Press.



top row, left to right: mahjong obsession; bubble-gum ban; money face

middle row, left to right: national service; school-grade grubbing

bottom row, left to right: “fine” country; no spitting; durian fever

About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.


  1. hg

    “no spitting”, but also “merlion”!


  2. “Merlion” is the better answer.


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