The Found Poetry of Britney Spears

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Britney credit Fabiano Campos

photo credit Fabiano Campos

The following poem is made up entirely of lines from songs by Britney Spears. You have been warned.

The Found Poetry of Britney Spears

My loneliness is killin’ me
Here we are with nothing but honesty
E-mail my heart
And say our love will never die
‘Cause the girl in my mirror
Is crying out tonight

Oh baby baby if you seek Amy tonight
Oh baby baby we’ll do whatever you like
If you wanna mess with my eyesight,
Just let me get my head right
Where the hell am I?
I killed the lights, the lights, the lights

I’m into myself in the most precious way
No more tears to dry
You and I, we’re like so “bye-bye”
I’ve heard it all before and I-E-I-E-I
I’m a slaaaaaaaaaaave for you
Tell me, i’m not in the blue
That i’m not wastin, my feelings on you
Open that soda pop, bop-a shu-bop shu-bop

britney2 credit Steven I                                                                                                                                                                 photo credit Steven I

Pull up to my bumper
Watch me apply the pressure,
all decked in lace and leather
just like a circus

Am I too hot for you though
Did you check out my video
Hooked up with a guy named Joe
When the music was fast and slow
I’m cold as fire, baby
Hot as ice
When I crack that whip, everybody gon’ trip

Get naked
Get naked
Get naked
Get naked
Get naked
Get naked
Get naked
Get naked
Take it off

I used to think
I had the answers to everything
But now I know

Your body gives
But then holds back
The sun is bright
The sky is black

Stronger than yesterday
I played with your heart,
got lost in the game
Oops!…I did it again

britney 4 Photo credit April E

                                                                                                                                                                  photo credit April E

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The Postcard Project

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February was a busy, busy month. But I had the good fortune of partnering with Objectifs to take part in the Postcard Project, an initiative by the National Library Board to pair photographers and writers together to create ten postcards with images of youth in action on one side and creative writing in the form of poetry or flash fiction on the back.

Over the course of three weeks, I worked with documentary photographer Deanna Ang. She taught the photographers the basics and brough them on a couple of field shoots while I helped to guide the writers (some of whom were also the photographers) as we carved small arcs of story into these fleeting moments framed by the lens. In the end, each writer produced four to five pieces of writing, but sadly just one photo and poem/prose piece will be chosen for each photographer/writer pairing.

Here’s a shot of the chosen images:DSCF0155

 

It’s a project that speaks a lot to me, as I see a lot of correlation between the composition of an image and a poem; the deliberation of a frame, the gluttonous act of observation, imagined moments with their plangent emotive thread, spilling out from what was and wasn’t captured by the eye.

Here’s an example featuring a quirky dialogue by Daniela Beltrani paired with a photograph by Chee Wei Teck.

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The postcards come out in March and will be distributed free island-wide, watch out for them!

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Loud Mouth: spoken word from Singapore

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After two and a half years and a lot of ink and tears, Loud Mouth is finally here.

This started life as a proposed anthology of spoken word poetry from Singapore, a collection of poems from pioneering poets in the scene to contemporary troubadours of the stage. But over time it morphed into a series of chapbooks by eight poets contemporary to the scene. However, grants and other circumstances only allowed four books to be published. So, the launch is finally happening, 14th March, 6pm at Artistry. Come join us for an evening of spoken word.

There’s Deborah Emmanuel with ‘When I Giggle in my Sleep,’ Jennifer Champion with ‘A History of Clocks,’ and Victoria Lim with ‘Dreadful.’ And me!

Here’s a preview of what my cover is going to look like:

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