Today's poem is "Dark Clocks"
from A Roomful of Machines

ELJ Publications

Kristine Ong Muslim authored several books of fiction and poetry, including the short story collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016) and Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), two full-length poetry collections from university presses in the Philippines, as well as We Bury the Landscape (Queen's Ferry Press, 2012), Grim Series (Popcorn Press, 2012), and A Roomful of Machines (ELJ Publications, 2015). Widely published in magazines and anthologies, she lives in southern Philippines and serves as poetry editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, a literary journal published by Epigram Books in Singapore.

Other poems by Kristine Ong Muslim in Verse Daily:
June 25, 2011:   "Hunger Strike" "Strange how we do not alter ourselves..."

Books by Kristine Ong Muslim:

Other poems on the web by Kristine Ong Muslim:
Three poems
Three poems
Two poems

Kristine Ong Muslim's Website.

Kristine Ong Muslim on Twitter.

About A Roomful of Machines:

"'All the mythical elements / blend at some point.' Like a woodsman in a glade surrounded by the beloved obstacles of her livelihood, Kristine Ong Muslim marks the materials of her enterprise and fells them one by one: a teacup, a tissue box, the soul, a man on a bench–milled, constructed and brought to life by the poet's gaze. Her poems lead us out of the forest, into light."
—JoAnn Balingit

"Kristine Ong Muslim has dissected life's parts and crafted updates carrying a calm punch. Her precise and mournful vision shows us that the NOW refuses to be lulled by 'last year's domesticity' and that every object exemplifies a contradictory present. When a carpet in 'Songs of Dead Objects Content in Their Husks' claims 'the texture of silence' it can only do so by asserting its presence. While the eye in 'Director's Cut, Exterior Panel: The Eye' can't quite focus it is 'yet functional.' Willfulness subverts the tragic. Protects the soul. That same eye '. . . ignores signs, misreads instructions, fakes loneliness.' Repeat: 'fakes loneliness.' Muslim moves beyond the trope of modern isolation. A Roomful of Machines provides companionship for the wise."
—Sarah Sarai

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