Welcome to the insistent muse.

Heralded like a monostich.

Terse, unannounced, irreverent.

This is the second festival of anxieties to remember.

The first was equally remote,
bereft of the familiar and familial.

The distinction must be made.

Between presence and absence.
Between the first calligrapher and the next.
Between milk and coconut and white.

Not a definition of etymology.

Not the stuff of origins;
what origins?

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, two hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audiobooks. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Singapore Literature Prize, Poetry World Cup, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its publisher and founding editor.

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