Tuesdays at Ipster Cafe: Lamenting the lack of private spaces in our country

Oct 18, 2016 11.00AM |
 

by Joshua Ip

In order that we will not have to roam
two miles down rifle range in search of dark,
or circle round the lots of Kent Ridge park
to find a spot; that rooftops may be home
to birds alone, that smokers may have stair-
wells to themselves, that public toilets might
be less mysteriously occupied,
that cinephiles need never turn and glare,

we humbly bid the government erect
more libraries. Since all books lead to sex,
the inevitable best place to shag
is back against the shelves or on the stacks –
and there, we’ll find our private cul-de-sacs
to make the beast with many paperbacks.

 

Joshua Ip is a poet and founder of Sing Lit Station, a literary non-profit that organises Singapore Poetry Writing Month, Manuscript Bootcamp, poetry.sg and other activities to promote writing in Singapore.

 

Featured image by Sean Chong.

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