Featured Poem

Solat

In standing straight, bending
Down to touch my knees, then ending
Each raka’at in homage on the ground,
I find that spot beyond all sight or sound –

Around the body’s pivot
The moments of each day
Reach equilibrium and balance.
Stillness beyond dimension
In a fretful, twisting world.

Five times daily, some force
This is and transcends
Mass, distance, matter
Isolates that point where all life’s fulcrum meet:
Gravity suspends; perfect stability wrought
In human hands, and mind, and feet.

by Aaron Maniam, from Morning at Memory Border, Firstfruits Publications

Used with the author’s permission

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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.

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