Tuesdays at Ipster Cafe

The Middle Ground, a Singapore news website, has started a weekly series of light satirical verse on Southeast Asian current affairs. Scribe Joshua Ip will entertain and inform in his Ipster Cafe. Ip is no lightweight, however. He is the co-winner of the 2015 Singapore Literature Prize for English-language poetry for his witty collection Sonnets from the Singlish. Followers of Singapore Poetry may remember his lovely poem “explaining a thousand cranes” from his second book making love with scrabble tiles. So enjoy this new series from Singapore’s answer to Britain’s Wendy Cope.

The first installment transforms the recent government corruption scandal in Malaysia into a family whodunnit.


Happy Family
by Joshua Ip


The family bought a tub of Walls
And put it in the family fridge
To save up for 1 Magical
Delicious Bread ais krim sandwich… (read more).




Image from The Middle Ground website


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.

One comment

  1. Hi

    It would be e great to meet up with you all and listen to your work. What does SG 50 mean for you? I am currently in KL but coming back to Singapore next week.

    Best wishes



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