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Soak in poetry when it rains

Local poems promoted in novel way with invisible ink and a little help from the weather

POETRY ON THE PAVEMENT

When the heavens open up, who knows, you may find inspiration on earth.

On pavements, to be precise.

A group promoting Singapore poetry has stencilled some lines of inspiration in ink that becomes visible only when wet.

“These poems, largely unseen, will magically come to life when it rains,” said organisers Sing Lit Station on their Indiegogo crowdfunding page Singapore Poetry on the Sidewalks.

Sing Lit Station is a literary non-profit and workshop centre whose main aim is to “bring Singapore poetry closer to the people”. “Having something like this can get young people excited– it’s ‘Instagrammable’,” said Sing Lit Station administrator Daryl Qilin Yamin an interview with The Sunday Times.


Excerpts from the works of four poets have been spray-painted on pavements at the Esplanade. The words appear only when wet. PHOTO: SING LIT STATION


Casey Pearlman (right) and her best friend Yasmin in costume as “Juslims” for Halloween. Casey is Jewish and Yasmin is Muslim. PHOTO: JEFF PEARLMAN


A YouTuber by the name of MarsRPG published videos last week of the alleged abuse Twitter user Hanna inflicts on men. PHOTO: MARSRPG/YOUTUBE

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Updates on the project –inspired by a similar initiative in Boston, the United States –can be found on the organiser’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SingLitStation). Last Wednesday, it said excerpts from the works of four local poets have been spray-painted on the pavements at the Esplanade– Theatres on the Bay.

“If you cannot learn to love, (yes love) this city, you have no other,” reads a line from Simon Tay. “You alone know your garang-heart,” reads another from Ann Ang.

The person who manages to find all four pieces at the Esplanade and shares them with the hashtag #SingPoOnTheSidewalks on Facebook and Instagram before Nov13 will win a free book from the group.

The group hopes to bring the project to Housing Board neighbourhoods in the future.

MEET THE JUSLIMS

The superhero was the costume du jour this Halloween, but few packed the power of a duo who called themselves the “Juslims”. “My daughter is Jewish. Her best pal is Muslim. For Halloween, they created a superhero team: The Juslims. I’ve rarely been more proud. Truly,” said

American sports writer Jeff Pearlman in a tweet that has been liked more than 130,000 times. The accompanying picture was of two 13-year-old girls wearing similar yellow-themed outfits and capes,bumping fists. The two girls, Casey Pearlman and Yasmin, are best friends who live in California.

In an interview with news outlets, Mr Pearlman said: “There’s just so much hostility in the air and in this election season. This was just a refreshing, innocent reminder that we don’t have to be this way. “We do not have to let this divisiveness take over right now.” The sweet picture quickly won over many netizens.

“The Juslims is my new favourite superhero story,” said German film-maker Lexi Alexander.

ONLINE POISON

From the inspiring to the demeaning.

Twitter user Hanna is back online after the furore that erupted last week over her antics on social media has subsided. Also known as Poison Ivy, Hanna has been accused of grooming men she meets online into sexually humiliating themselves.

She is believed to be from New Zealand, and between 17 and 22 years old. Her introduction, which has since been removed from her Twitter account, read: “I bully the weak to make them weaker as I simultaneously grow stronger.”

She has found no lack of suitors from online communities playing games like Runescape, a multiplayer role-playing game which takes place in a mediaeval fantasy realm.

At her behest, men send her photos of themselves with the name “Hanna” written on their foreheads. She then uploads these photos to Twitter and makes them publicly available.

That is not the worst of it. A YouTuber by the name of Mars RPG published videos last week of the alleged abuse Hanna apparently inflicted on these men.

One man is seen performing a sex act on camera for her while chanting her name. In another, a man shaves off all his facial hair, including his eyebrows, while she eggs him on.

He then asks her if she likes what she sees. She replies: “No. I just wanted to see what you look like with no eyebrows.” Prior to that, the same man dunked his head into a toilet bowl and flushed it while declaring his love for her. “She has crossed the line and I’m certain it’s criminal,” said the YouTube user who uploaded the video.

Other footage of degradation also emerged although it was not immediately clear if these acts were instigated by Hanna, or just performed by male fans in the hope of winning her attention.

On Reddit, several users said their photographs were posted by her without their permission, but she ignored their requests to take them down. But the controversy has also drawn a slew of defenders who say she has broken n o aw and the men are consenting adults.

Hanna has said the incidents have been blown out of proportion.

Her Twitter account went quiet when the attention got too hot, but she seems to have bounced back.

Her top pinned message still chirpily reads: “Hello! Dm (direct message) me pictures of Hanna written on your forehead.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 06, 2016, with the headline 'Soak in poetry when it rains'. Print Edition | Subscribe