Jerrold Yam, July 2013



Few things sadder

than your inconsistencies.

First, a quandary of rocks

scattered in jest, each smeared

with their own handwriting.

Second, no place to call

a sanctuary, no one there

without taking you

for granted. Third, an occasional

burst of remonstrance to show

you are alive, buried

in melancholic soil. Anything

that is beaten is impressive

while it lasts.




Born in 1991, Jerrold Yam is a Singaporean law undergraduate at University College London and the author of two poetry collections, Scattered Vertebrae (Math Paper Press, 2013) and Chasing Curtained Suns (Math Paper Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in more than fifty literary journals worldwide, including Poetry Quarterly, The New Poet, Third Coast and Washington Square Review. He is the winner of the National University of Singapore’s Creative Writing Competition 2011, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Find him at

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