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Sage Lee: On Sex and Pain

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We get a glimpse into Jennifer Anne Champion's mind as she shares her experiences with literature, how she fell in love with writing and spoken word. 

Sage Lee: On Sex and Pain

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Featuring Sage Lee

dyafanous.blogspot.com 

 

 
 

We cannot hope to understand some people.

 

 

You must have met one of them, them crazy erratic dark people more beautiful and intelligent than anyone you would love to care about. It was like they were truly special and truly damaged. They say people like that went through a tremendous amount of trials and tribulations, a light-less tunnel in which they slowly found themselves, by clumsily groping at their faces, their bodies, their souls. There were always only two endings. They can emerge like sun-rays after a thunderstorm - light and fresh, with a radiant and kind glow, ready to once again take on the world, or they can find out that they can no longer remember or make out what they had looked like - they had never really left the tunnel, they cannot, and they have grown comfortably numb.

If you don’t know Sage, and you read a poem of hers like this:

 
 

collage by Sage

http://internetpoetry.tumblr.com/post/56990491213

 

Strawberry Milk

am i a person or a place? i am a place, mostly. a dumpsite. to you. i mean i would let you run your dirty hands all over my body then allow you to dump things on me. sometimes they are pink, pink plastic. or white substances. pink and white make a good combination, don't you think? strawberry milk. strawberry meeeeeeeeok in the dark




on the roof




on the ground.




why would you just throw it




(me)




there?

first strawberry milk, next intangible words like 'i would like to marry you someday' and 'you are special'.


why am i special? is it because i only operate in the darkness? is it because i touched you (better than she did)? i couldn't touch them even though they were naked and dancing and fucking an inch from my nose. i have never been good at swallowing. you want me to swallow? you didn't, you let me spit it out. but i didn't want to. it was nice, having you inside me. i never wanted to open my mouth again after the first kiss. i wanted the air you expulsed inside me




forever.

it smelled of bulgari pour homme soir. did you notice sometimes i would rub myself against your body? i wanted all of it on me. i love animals, i love animals. you loved me because i was an animal, correct? if you don't remember just lift up your shirt and look at your back in the mirror. sorry, i'm not. those are love marks, why i love you. love is a concoction of horniness and carelessness.




i don't think i know what love is.

perhaps you have ruined me with that strawberry milk. i never liked strawberry milk until i met you. now i know what your love is


it is strawberry milk and scratches and fuck me fuck me fuck me

 


 
 

You might, like I did, form an impression of her that would resemble as I had described earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

Sage's visions and ideas are stunning and unrightfully so. Sex, love and death are her favourite haunts for poems and she wishes to express that all these usually taboo subjects are natural and should never be shunned. If they appear stunning or even anything slightly out of the ordinary, it can only mean that society does not see what she sees.

Her poems exude a dense cloud of sorrow and self-deprecation, which is reminiscent of the dark and destructive vortexes that certain relationships can create. She believes that her poems and themes are more powerful when they are raw. She believes good writing isn't about technique; it’s about rawness.

What surprise then when she says she does not write when she is not sad. The tunnels may be dark but they provide excellent catalysts for artistic growth. Perhaps writing is catharsis, which drills tiny holes into the walls and let just a little light in.

Her favourite quote is from Hemingway, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”


 

 

captcha collage by sage http://internetpoetry.tumblr.com/post/47402725368

 
 

Six

i.


i was not a child

when you stripped me bare

pulled out an organ and

stuck it in your mouth
when you taunted me to

open,  o  p  e  n  the window

before you climbed in and

i let you taste my eyelashes

was i a child then?

ii.


you made me hysterical once

fingers almost killing

thought as you sank teeth into

heart, maybe we should do

healthier things like love,

or make love

iii.


after you rolled over

said only needed somebody’s skeleton

i grabbed my skin and walked home

iv.


i left
something
behind

v.


the next morning

my heart came in a white box, wrapped

in the sheet we had dirtied

teeth marks etched into hide

vi.


i can’t (won’t)

abandon my childish gait

was i not your favourite

sufferer

 

Sometimes you don't have to understand. You just have to accept and love, but sometimes you cannot help but to ponder what goes through their minds. Most of the time there will be no answer.

But it is okay. 

It is still quite a spectacle.  

 

Apart from her blog, Sage's works have also appeared on Metazan, PressBoardPress and Galavantmag No. 2.

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