Joshua Ip

Joshua Ip Photo copyJoshua Ip has published two volumes of poetry: sonnets from the singlish (2012)—44 sonnets on growing up in Singapore; and making love with scrabble tiles (2013)—44 poems on love and language. His poetry and short stories have been published in various print and online journals, and he is the first prize-winner of the Golden Point Award 2013 for the short story “The Man Who Turned Into a Photocopier.” He is currently working on his first graphic novel, after the flood. He still wants to be a writer when he grows up.




new message: “i don’t like your tone” and i
scrolled up to screen the log and find myself
transported momentarily to sec 4
scanning left margin, ho! macbeth macduff
lady mac this and that as thick type ticks 
a-dawdle down the page, except no stage 
directions, and i catch myself in the habit
of inefficient mouth- rather than eye-reading
which my speedreading coach informs me is
the reason why i will never hit 200
words per minute—stop vocalising, flash,
he says, blink, flicker, scan the line rather than trip
all tongue-tied through. meaning will follow, after

the short-term cache and flash—next page, next page
and break—new message “wtf” which could
be for several reasons but likely the lag between

my last reply and this one I’m typoing
though any number of events could have occurred
in the last 3 seconds, car crash, missing plane,
man beats robot at ping pong, ice cream truck,
a trio of ex-lovers pricking my thumbs,
the toil-and-trouble tremolo of each
unanswered buzz one more postit sticking out
of a phone that would be dog-eared, man’s best friend
if i could get my fingers on the tone
of this damn text and god knows they don’t teach

literature in schools anymore these days.

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