Brave New World

He Said What?

He Said What?

What has become of us?

Celebrities are the new gods,

(I’m not sure what we’re celebrating)

televisions are the new temples,

time and money spent on gossip magazines

and going to pop concerts waving our hands in the air

screaming for joy or shrieking with manic tears:

these are our new sacrifices;

Weapons of mass distraction.

© Alicia Khoo

NaPoWriMo Day 23


“No human being…

“No human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”

-Ellie Wiesel, writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor.

An Epic of Nails

epic of nails

on a drum a painter sits//

smearing ochre pollen onto cobalt


fingertips rusting with

electric violence.

He burns canvas in mercury//

his liberty was born of Goa/

nails scrape fluid onto the form of


with it he creates a


whose ink spills


goddess, heiress, martyr;

madonna, whore?!

they are found distilled


generations of

slaughtered intellectuals/

she writes in a temple with

tibetan nuns//

sonnets, haikus, ideologies of

dangerous artists/

she pens a letter to him in ancient


A truce of Gilgamesh//

In it, there is

no us against


© Alicia Khoo

September 2012

Written on a boat between Phuket and Phi Phi Island

A dedication to Finger Painting Artist Alex Rodrigues