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“Mynah” evolved from the Hindi word mainā, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit madanā, meaning “joyful” and “mad.” The bird is common enough, and often considered a pest, but its bright boisterous presence is part of the garden campus life at NTU, and unmistakable too in the chrome and glass cathedrals of the CBD and the HDB heartlands. Its song celebrates the everyday, and makes us pay attention to the world around us, and that is what the Creative Writing students of NTU aim to do here. To observe, to write, to sing the world into being, and make the everyday new over and over.

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Gizzards, Dust and Daddy by Natasya Ismail

Gizzards, Dust and Daddy by Natasya Ismail

mirror, mirror by Ilyda Chua

mirror, mirror by Ilyda Chua

The Neighbor by Kimberly Tong

The Neighbor by Kimberly Tong

“Home Movies” by Nicolette Koh

“Home Movies” by Nicolette Koh

Night on the trail by Tran Thi Van Trang

Night on the trail by Tran Thi Van Trang

human endeavour by Maisarah Kamal

human endeavour by Maisarah Kamal

167 Words by Tan Hui Ling, Isabel

167 Words by Tan Hui Ling, Isabel

The Word Beautiful by Velyn Lee

The Word Beautiful by Velyn Lee

IT DOESN’T WORK by W. Khalisah

IT DOESN’T WORK by W. Khalisah

Waltzing with the Scales by Louisa Lim Min

Waltzing with the Scales by Louisa Lim Min

Lesung Batu by Natasya Ismail

Lesung Batu by Natasya Ismail

Jackfruit by Arista

Jackfruit by Arista

The Moving Malabar by Angie Pay

The Moving Malabar by Angie Pay

Domestic Violet by Lauren Teo

Domestic Violet by Lauren Teo

Spooning by Miranda Yeo

Spooning by Miranda Yeo

& the contrails by Lewin Ong

& the contrails by Lewin Ong

My Father’s Back by Elsie Tay

My Father’s Back by Elsie Tay

The White Dragon by Lyra Tan

The White Dragon by Lyra Tan

Moon-ish by Lewin Ong

Moon-ish by Lewin Ong

If You Only Knew by Charmaine Villamin

If You Only Knew by Charmaine Villamin

The last night by Miranda Yeo

The last night by Miranda Yeo

Sugar by Lewin Ong

Sugar by Lewin Ong

to my matilda by Sarah Tan

to my matilda by Sarah Tan

The End by Claudia Tan

The End by Claudia Tan

SPIKES by Vanessa Tan

SPIKES by Vanessa Tan

She by Claudia Tan

She by Claudia Tan

Him by Claudia Tan

Him by Claudia Tan

聽 by Nicole Yeo

聽 by Nicole Yeo

Small roads of Jalan Besar by Abdul Zameer Husref

Small roads of Jalan Besar by Abdul Zameer Husref

Ménage à Trois by Claudia Tan

Ménage à Trois by Claudia Tan

three tickets to an untimely collapse by Beatrice Bowers

three tickets to an untimely collapse by Beatrice Bowers

Margaritas by Claudia Tan

Margaritas by Claudia Tan

Constellations by Reginald James Kent

Constellations by Reginald James Kent

The Roadless Travel by Sarah Ma Jing Yi

The Roadless Travel by Sarah Ma Jing Yi

Dragon Auntie by Timothy Yeo Shao Hui

Dragon Auntie by Timothy Yeo Shao Hui

Your Body is a Shrine by Atifa Binte Othman

Your Body is a Shrine by Atifa Binte Othman

Mother by Muhd Zhafri

Mother by Muhd Zhafri

face to face by Phillip Ho

face to face by Phillip Ho

A Tangled Mess of Lines by Sarah Farheenshah Begum

A Tangled Mess of Lines by Sarah Farheenshah Begum

Racquet Racket by Su Yanyun

Racquet Racket by Su Yanyun

and we grew fat upon the fire by Wee Ting Han

and we grew fat upon the fire by Wee Ting Han

An Image by Charlotte Hand

An Image by Charlotte Hand

de-composite by Nadia Niam Yi Ting

de-composite by Nadia Niam Yi Ting

Mother’s Romance by Jessica Sng

Mother’s Romance by Jessica Sng

Daphne, NY by Patricia Karunungan

Daphne, NY by Patricia Karunungan

Bridging Space and Time by Er Qi Jian

Bridging Space and Time by Er Qi Jian

Merlion by Shane Lim

Merlion by Shane Lim

Shiver by Julianne Chua

Shiver by Julianne Chua

In the winter by Sean Yeo

In the winter by Sean Yeo

On cliché by Marcus Tan

On cliché by Marcus Tan

Hands by Muhammad Hidir Bin Md Razak

Hands by Muhammad Hidir Bin Md Razak

Tenors by Zhang Jieqiang

Tenors by Zhang Jieqiang

Incubation by Xie Shi Min

Incubation by Xie Shi Min

Showdown by Zhang Jieqiang

Showdown by Zhang Jieqiang

Of pontianaks and Chinese ghosts by Eugenia Tan

Of pontianaks and Chinese ghosts by Eugenia Tan

Circles by Evelyn Lee

Circles by Evelyn Lee

Morning by Zhang Jieqiang

Morning by Zhang Jieqiang

彦霖 [yan lin] by Hazel Tan

彦霖 [yan lin] by Hazel Tan

Where has the light gone? by Ulfahzatul Tysha Binte Sher Zaman

Where has the light gone? by Ulfahzatul Tysha Binte Sher Zaman

咸 [Salty] by Chan Wei Jie

咸 [Salty] by Chan Wei Jie

Mother water by Diana Binte Abdul Rahman

Mother water by Diana Binte Abdul Rahman

The jar by Cassandra Wan

The jar by Cassandra Wan

Tea by Chong En Qi

Tea by Chong En Qi

The day the car was scrapped by Jacqueline Lim

The day the car was scrapped by Jacqueline Lim

I read poetry through the night by Koh Zhi Min

I read poetry through the night by Koh Zhi Min

Four o six by Alyssa Teo

Four o six by Alyssa Teo

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