Marylyn is interested in addressing the queer feminine body, existence in liminal spaces, the parameters of interaction whether public or personal, and the conditions of alienation and marginalisation in her work. Marylyn Tan is a full-time linguistics major, poet, and artist who has performed at the Singapore Biennale, SPORE Art Salon, IndigNation SG, the Singapore Writers Festival, SPEAK., and so on. She has also been featured in various print anthologies, such as Rollercoasters and Bedsheets, and the upcoming A Luxury We Must Afford and Inheritance | The Anthology. She has been called an 'erotic poet', and writes for your bewilderment.
siken says, sorry about the bony elbows sorry we
lived here. your morning erection
is saltwater taffy, ravaged silicone spur,
a piece of driftwood
like they sell in the 99c seaside shops
against better judgment.
a carpenter bee swarming
with little white antlike bodies.
a litany of chrysanthemums.
a tongue like hail mary's. your bones
weigh less than a quarter of a silverfish.
your exes' curses falling like
a plague of suriname toads,
each fruiting into a thousand
like gaping craters in stung skin.
I am sorry I pick at scabs.
the crisscross of thatched pondok roof
falling on the sand.
equal measures salt and water.
the place where the ocean
bvlgari wrists insistent