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Bite-Sized Poems: Desktop Wallpapers for ISSUE #16 OTHER

This month we feel very excited to share something a little new with readers of ISSUE. Featured below are lovely short poems by five contributors, based on a word off our list (with one being an exploration of language). They’ve been craftily and handily turned into graphic desktop wallpapers, free for download, by the lovely Ashvina Naidu (last seen here with her epic food poem, Chilli Pan Mee).

We’d like to thank all our poets for agreeing to share their amazing work not just with us, but with everyone — and we hope you enjoy the wallpapers, and that it brings a little bit of OTHER to your own personal digital space!

The wallpapers are 1024 by 768 pixels. Download links are provided after each picture of the wallpaper.

Saudade by Jee Wen Mok

The feeling one gets when realizing something one once had is lost and can never be had again, or longing for something that might never return (Portuguese).

Red-eyed and dream-creased,
your words are smudged notes folding into my skin

By echoing your name, indiscreet,
I can taste you in between these sheets

With first kiss and last under Christmas lights,
on the groove of my tailbone rest your frost-tangled locks

A voice pleading with the Heavens,
in this winter-breeze my tongue drags with many sighs

“Don’t go, my sweet daffodil;
stay in this wave of my frenzied mortality — you and I”

Saudade by Jee Wen Mok  for ISSUE #16 OTHER

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Razbliuto by Leana Fatimah Makhdzir

The feeling that a person (generally meant to be a man) has for the person who he once loved, but now no longer loves (Russian).

The swanning of her mind, I used to admire longingly
from my favourite balcony
where I stood with heart opened.

The waltzing of her mien, I used to compose lovingly
into red ballads of wayfaring melody
set to the beat of my dislocated heart.

Her black banner streaming in the wind bestirred me
and I allowed what was to come, unhinge me.
Unimpeded by the world, she was a law unto herself.

Razbliuto by Leana Makhdzir for ISSUE #16 OTHER

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Open Vowels by Ashvina Naidu

The words are open,
Like my distant, pulsing heart,
My curses flow with the air
with dextrous, space-defying love
Oh my open love, wide and deftly spinning
Love, Love, Love,
Love! in translation:
Perasaanku bergelora, tidak boleh kutanggung kehilanganmu
And now you’re gone
Gone.
Open Vowels by Ashvina Naidu for ISSUE #16 OTHER

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Mamihlapinatapai by Sharanya Manivannan

 A look shared by two people, each of whom wish the other would initiate that which they both desire, but which neither one wants to concede (Yahgun [Tierra del Fuego]).
The saddest word in the world

has a piñata nestled
within it. You will never
know the richness of
your own heart until
you have held it high
above the totem
of your body and
blessed its
rupture.

(originally posted here)

Mamihlapinatapai by Sharanya Manivannan for ISSUE #16 OTHER

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Saudade Christmas by Joshua WK Chong

The feeling one gets when realizing something one once had is lost and can never be had again, or longing for something that might never return (Portuguese).

You’re as tall as the tree
Sophisticated, you see
The tinsel in truth is tack
The gifts prove their own lack
Of insight into your standing now.

Yesterday’s bells ring
Today’s melancholy sting
Come then crowd of unwelcome ties
Another dinner to tell more lies?
Asides and clever lines for your brow.

Under the bough, no more surprises
Another lost year chastises
Too much wine, you yawn
Where could the magic have gone?
Resigned that it’s lost, you bow
Goodnight youth, goodnight now.

Saudade Christmas by Joshua WK Chong for ISSUE #16 OTHER

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Credit:

  • Background image used in Open Vowels taken by Rasyid Bastaman
  • Background image used in Mamihlapinatapai taken by Scott Lidell

Featured art by Kim Khaira for ISSUE #16: OTHER.

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