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a spine like a keyboard / the blacks
intersecting the whites / ridges like
a bookshelf / tracing the line with
a careful finger / I am brought back
to road trips in Iceland / the un-
certainty of an off-road track /
our wheels caked deep in snow /
the burst tyre / our car a drop of
blood on a canvas / night in
all directions / and the miracle
of another car passing in the
dark / it was a statistical
improbability / how two cars
may meet when neither should
have been / your face a field
covered in tomorrow / your
body a conduit for my body /
there is too much warmth
here / which is to say that I
want more / how we let ourselves
fall into the bank / our shape
imprinted into a book / only to
be slowly filled in again / God
as the slowest writer / what
it must be to see your plot
of sky whited over / correct
this fault / make it even / make
it so / how you are a solution /
to a problem no-one knows

Freewriting Explanation: Every day, Valen shall use 5 minutes to write completely unprompted and uninterrupted, letting the words lead the way. There is no end purpose to each piece, but rather, the pieces are allowed to develop naturally in their own way. The pieces are then uploaded without edits.

Filed under: Freewriting, Poetry


A member of Singapore-based writing collective /stop@BadEndRhymes ("/s@ber"), Valen dwells in the swamp of poetry. He has been published in various publications, including Anxious Poets Society, Eunoia Review and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He has performed his work at the Arts House, the Singapore Art Museum, and in various dingy bars.

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