Founded by Singapore-based poet Cyril Wong and co-edited with Eric Low, a poet living in Shanghai, and Jason Wee, writer and founder of Grey Projects that curated the publication of We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of SOFTBLOW. Past guest-editors were Chris Ujine Ong and Gwee Li Sui, a poet and graphic artist. SOFTBLOW has been a home for contemporary poetry from all over the world since Sep. 2004. We strive to focus the eye back on the poem. This journal does not pretend to exist for a general reading audience. It is for unswerving lovers of poetry who also appreciate how far poetry has come over time.
SOFTBLOW is ad free. We do not get paid for doing this. Poets will not be remunerated for having their works featured here. This journal is updated at the start of every month. All poets featured in the past are placed in our Archive. We also have a page on Facebook for announcements about future updates.
To submit, simply paste 4-6 works with a short biography in the body of an email and send it to editor @ softblow.org. Short prose that defies categorisation falls under poetry in our book and is more than welcome here at SOFTBLOW. Our publishing agreement asks for the first online serial rights to print publication in Asia; and other limited rights. Copyright is retained by the authors.
The photos presented on this site are courtesy of Calvin Pang. He is an art practitioner based in Singapore whose works comprise the ordinaries in life, solitary interludes, and encounters with people. Along with his practice, he documents his existence through photography, drawings and on occasion, words. His images portray a desire for a journey faraway and the dreams of an unknown destination which awaits. Pang believes his concept stems from a feeling of 'being displaced' during his growing-up years. A quote from Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is cited as the inspiration behind these images: "There is a lot that you can't change when you are a kid. But you can pack for the journey..."
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