By Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Writing gives me agency. I’ve had a few paintings and films made using me as a story by other people over the years. Ex-lovers really. I was twenty-four when I decided writing was for me. I step out of being someone’s muse and into being a creator. It’s very satisfying to be in control and to produce work you know deserves to be out there.
Tell us about your most recent book or writing project. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?
I am working on my second book, Caterwaul, which will be released in 2016 under an imprint of Math Paper Press. I would describe Caterwaul as that feeling in the middle of the night when you hear something howling, yearning for a fight. The poems are about terror, desire and completion. The recognition and acceptance of the sounds that come not from the outside, but perhaps from inside you.
I am also working as the multimedia editor for the upcoming Singapore Poetry Archive. Think of it as poetry foundation for Singapore.