Issue 1: Contributors’ Essays

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As part of the inaugural launch of Issue 1, The Tiger Moth Review invited some poets to reflect on their craft, and to share their thoughts behind their poems. Five poets responded, and over the course of these few months leading to the release of Issue 2 in July, their essays will be released in this space.

Jan 2019:

Jason Harris on “How to Talk About Love at a Time Like This” (USA)

“One radical belief that I have is that love, compassion and sympathy are ways to resist the slow, catastrophic destruction of our public and private lives.” 

Feb 2019:

Angelina Bong on “Crystal Tears” (Malaysia)

“My mind raced to all the flora and fauna in the world. What if they were dissatisfied with how they looked and tried to be something else? Mutilate their feathers, chop off their rhino beaks or bleed themselves to be redder and louder than their pale petals? Would not an entire species go extinct?”

Mar 2019:

Crispin Rodrigues on “Wheatfield with Mynahs” (Singapore)

“The kite swoops in on the unsuspecting birds and the subsequent action attempts to simulate van Gogh’s painting style, one typified by energy, speed and dynamism. The constant maintenance of the zoomed out perspective sustains the viewer’s engagement as if one is watching van Gogh paint this scene.”

Apr 2019:

Robert Wood on “Redgate” (Australia)

“With “Redgate”, I want to be understood, to distil and make whiskey from dew. It meant a deeper engagement with language about a place my heart is fond of and what we might become when we work together.”

May 2019:

Joyce Butler on “All Earth” and “My Own Sakura” (Ireland)

“Hanami refers to enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. The beauty of these lovers is also transient; it changes, fades and dies, but like the petals of the cherry blossom, is reborn again.”