Christina Sng

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A Collection of Nightmares
By Christina Sng
Raw Dog Screaming Press, July 2017
92 pages

Hold your screams and enter a world of seasonal creatures, dreams of bones, and confessions modeled from open eyes and endless insomnia. Christina Sng's A Collection of Nightmares is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Here are ramblings at the end of the world and a path that leads to a thousand paper cuts at the hands of a skin carver. There are crawlspace whispers, and fresh sheets gently washed with sacrifice and poison, and if you're careful in this ghost month, these poems will call upon the succubus to tend to your flesh wounds and scars.

These nightmares are sweeping fantasies that electrocute the senses as much as they dull the ache of loneliness by showing you what's hiding under your bed, in the back of your closet, and inside your head. Sng's poems dissect and flower, her autopsies are delicate blooms dressed with blood and syntax. Her words are charcoal and cotton, safe yet dressed in an executioner's garb.

Dream carefully.

You've already made your bed.

The nightmares you have now will not be kind.

And you have no one to blame but yourself.

Available from July 14th in paperback from Amazon.

A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng

On the collection:

"...a magic quilt of surreal and unique portraits turning the stuff of nightmares and pain into beautiful, even when bloody, images of release and redemption."
-- Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend

"Participating in a Grand Guignol tradition that traces back to Shelley and Poe... there's a simultaneously more poignant and more disturbing undertow moving just beneath these spiny surfaces: the notion that, against terrifying events beyond our control, the compassion we carry with us will be our only line of defence, our last light shining through the kindness we show, all the more precious for how briefly it flashes."
-- Mike Allen, author of Hungry Constellations

"This is a book of breathtaking artistry. In verse that ranges widely in subject matter and metrical form, Christina Sng invariably focuses on just those words and images that evoke terror, otherworldliness, and fantasy. But deep emotional resonance is not absent, and Sng can evoke poignancy and melancholy as effortlessly as she can evoke fear and dread."
-- S. T. Joshi

"Christina Sng's poetry gives me the same feeling as observing a Kandinsky painting or hearing a Nine Inch Nails song: something immediate, deeply complex and intensely profound. It is, in short, a wonder."
-- Jason Erik Lundberg, author of Strange Mammals

"As I read this collection, I found myself exclaiming aloud, for there were so many I could relate to, and that is rare for me. Herein are poems that bite you by surprise, delight you with the weave of fresh fabric... A goodly number are dark SF story capsules, from alien interventions to surviving on a world ruined by mankind. I could not pick a single favorite. I loved them all."
-- Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award-winning poet

"Each of these fifty or so potent poems are actually stunning little stories about terrifying transformations. Each of the tales she tells are chilling, but her poetic and playful approach spins you around in a vortex of exquisite language and a swirling miasma of wildly terrifying imagination until you yourself are transformed... left dizzy and eager for the next time around. A brilliantly twisted collection, sure to turn a number of heads."
-- Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Freakcidents and The Gorelets Omnibus

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Astropoetry
By Christina Sng
Alban Lake Publishing, February 2017
45 pages

Astropoetry celebrates the wonders and mysteries of space in scifaiku and lyrical prose.

Available in print US$6 and digital US$1.99 from Alban Lake Publishing.

Astropoetry by Christina Sng

Introduction:

"Reading this collection of short poetry by Christina is much like a night during the survey. We glimpse a wonder, ponder it for a time, then move on to another. The experience doesn't diminish with time. Instead, it builds, layer upon layer--or stripe upon stripe as we call it during the survey--to create a glimpse of this wondrous universe we inhabit. Turn the page, and start your own journey."
-- David Lee Summers, Astronomer and Author

On the collection:

"I have always enjoyed Christina's poetry, but I didn't know what a delightful trip I'd be taking when I started reading this collection! Many of her poems are tiny SF story capsules, just begging your imagination to take flight."
-- Marge Simon, SFPA Grand Master, 2015

"Christina Sng's poetry is concise, poignant, profound, and colorful. She takes scientific jargon and turns it into poetic beauty and, sometimes, sad commentary. I have been truly honored to feature her work so often in Scifaikuest. Astropoetry is a brilliant collection of her poetic gems."
-- Teri Santitoro, Editor, Scifaikuest, 2016

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An Assortment of Sky Things
By Christina Sng
ISBN: 978-981-11-1481-6
Allegra Press, October 2016

Nominated for an Elgin Chapbook Award in 2017, An Assortment of Sky Things is a poetic tour of the solar system and beyond in haiku and short poetry, including "Life on Titan", which earned an Honourable Mention in the 2015 Global Astronomy Month AstroPoetry Contest.

This limited print version of An Assortment of Sky Things is 18 pages, wallet-sized, printed on FSC-certified carbon neutral paper, saddle-stapled, hand-bound and cut.

US$5 postpaid from Allegra Press.

An Assortment of Sky Things by Christina Sng

On the collection:

"A fantastically fresh and marvellous collection!"
-- Marge Simon, SFPA Grand Master, 2015

"Sng's deftness in dealing with the chosen forms is matched only by the breadth of her imagination. In reading, I feel a great affinity for this poet, whose mind travels so widely and agilely across our solar system and beyond, and brings the stars into clear view, near enough almost to touch."
-- Shelly Bryant, writer, researcher, translator, and author of Pine the Passing, and Unnatural Selection

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A Constellation of Songs
By Christina Sng
ISBN: 978-981-11-1480-9
Allegra Press, October 2016 - Print
Origami Poems Project, October 2016 - PDF

Christina's first haiku collection, A Constellation of Songs, part of the Origami Poems Project, is available online as a free printable PDF micro chapbook.

A Constellation of Songs spans birth to death, illuminating the wonder and beauty of life in between. This 18 haiku collection includes two sumi-e from the poet and her daughter.

The print version of the chapbook is 16 pages, wallet-sized, printed on FSC-certified carbon neutral paper, saddle-stapled, hand-bound and cut.

Order the print version from Allegra Press for US$5 postpaid.

A Constellation of Songs by Christina SngA Constellation of Songs by Christina Sng

On the collection:

"If only life was as organized and accessible as this refined collection of haiku. Engaging surprises on every page explore life's richness and variety."
-- Michael Dylan Welch, founder of National Haiku Writing Month

"In A Constellation of Songs, Christina Sng brings us through the stages of life -- from the wonders of childhood to the agony of loss, culminating in the serendipity of acceptance. Each haiku is a song which strikes a bright note, punctuating our journey with moments that finally yield an illuminating melody."
-- Dr. Lynette Tan Yuen Ling, author of the Pittodrie Pirates series and lecturer at the National University of Singapore

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Catku
By Christina Sng
ISBN: 978-981-11-1483-0
Allegra Press, October 2016

Catku takes us on a whimsical life journey between a cat and its human, a tale woven with 21 haiku and senryu based on the poet's life with beloved cats. A must-have collection for all cat lovers.

The print version of Catku is 16 pages, wallet-sized, printed on FSC-certified carbon neutral paper, saddle-stapled, hand-bound and cut.

US$5 postpaid from Allegra Press.

CATKU by Christina Sng

Introduction:

The poet is both a participant and an observer of the world they inhabit. If you are a cat owner, it is easy then to see your feline friends as fellow poets. No fame, no publishing credits, but just the persistent purr of poetry for those who respect their characters and their musing as they share our lives. Christina Sng has found her muse, and her fellow poets in Kit and Boy, and merged their poems with hers. I am an unabashed cat lover myself, but for anyone who loves the short forms of haiku or senryu this volume will bring a purr to your ears as well. It is a most enjoyable read, from a poet who understands both the form and her felines well.
-- Michael Rehling, editor of Failed Haiku -- A Journal of English Senryu

On the collection:

"Poignant, witty and bittersweet at times, her beautiful compositions distill experiences for the reader and offer novel perspectives. Reading Catku affords a rich array of emotions, not least a rare empathy for living things."
-- Dr. Lynette Tan Yuen Ling, author of the Pittodrie Pirates series and lecturer at the National University of Singapore

"When I read Christina Sng's haiku/senryu, I think of fireflies -- her poems are tiny pulses of light briefly illuminating moments of joy, awe, surprise, sorrow. I am always glad of an opportunity to watch fireflies, just as I am always glad of an opportunity to experience Christina's haiku!"
-- JM Reinbold, editor, The Cicada's Cry: A Micro Zine of Haiku Poetry

"Though they say there are dog people and cat people, I believe that all of us see something special in cats: their individuality, their mysterious behavior, their love (given on their own accord), and much more.

Catku by Christina Sng is a celebration of and exposition into the lives we share with cats, and the inner lives of these felines through a mixture of light, meditative, and poignant haiku. There are standout haiku on every page, but the following are my favorite three from the book:

a world
of possibilities
kitten in a box

This points to several things: the possibilities of the power of innocence, the possibilities of the kitty tearing things up, and also imagining how the kitty will look in its future. Also, this haiku could be saying that our world is like a kitten in a box. It gives a lot for the reader to imagine and to ponder over. Notice also the great sense of sound with the use of "o" which gives the reader a strong sense of wonder.

meandering stream
our cat languorously
grooms herself

I love how the connection between the two parts of the haiku make one think if the stream is actually grooming its surroundings through its relaxed pace. People step on, spit on, and do whatever they like to Mother Earth, and the stream is in a sense cleaning and soothing the land. But on the other end, maybe it can be seen as the stream constantly purifying itself through its own movement. The sense of sound in this haiku is also intriguing, with a focus on "ea" in the first line, and "o" in the last two lines. The sound in the first line calls attention to the stream itself, and the sound in the last two lines lend to the slow pace of the stream.

white lilies
the empty pet bed
in the corner

Maybe the poet was sitting in her living room, and saw white lilies in her garden, and then turned to the white, empty pet bed in the room. White lilies commonly symbolize innocence and purity, and the empty pet bed gives a sharp contrast. This haiku implies that one of the poet's pets died not long ago, and seeing the white lilies maybe brought back memories of her pet, in all its sweetness and emotional fullness. The haiku could also be a reflection of where the pet has gone in the afterlife, and that maybe there is a sense of hope in seeing the white lilies. Whatever the haiku brings to the mind of the reader, it has a clear mood that can be felt palpably.

My recommendation would be to read this book alone with your cat, sipping some tea. The haiku are quite striking, comedic, and at times rather emotional, so it is good to give yourself space to read it."
-- Nicholas Klacsanzky, editor, Haiku Commentary

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Dark Dreams
By Christina Sng
Naked Snake Press, 2006; Smashwords, 2011

eBook available at Smashwords, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble

Dark dreams linger at the fringes of our existence, spilling into poetry and art and music. In some, it is a quiet melancholy which seeps into our daily consciousness. For others, it manifests into a dark new reality. In her third collection, Christina Sng conjures 13 images of beauty and darkness in this abridged edition of Dark Dreams, which includes the Rhysling nominated poem "Medusa in LA".

There are the stories we never tell anyone. The ones we keep deep in the recesses of our minds. Dreams we create out of the darkness in which we live in. Sometimes the dreams can be so profound, so powerful, they manifest into reality. Sometimes we survive to tell the tale.

Take a deep breath, and dive into these 13 fables, etched in verse. Maybe you will find your own dark dreams in there.

This abridged version of Dark Dreams features the cover art of comic book artist Brian Hurtt and 11 of the 19 original poems published in 2006 by Naked Snake Press. 2 new poems "Sleep Takes a Vacation" and "Just as Papa Said" have been included to this revised edition.

Dark Dreams contains 13 of Christina Sng's best work from 2002-2006, including "Crimes of Our Youth" and "The Bone Carver", which received Honourable Mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 16th and 17th Annual Editions in 2003 and 2004 respectively, as well as "Medusa in LA" which received a 2006 Rhysling Poetry Award nomination in the short poem category.

Dark Dreams

On the collection:

"Despite the dark content, Sng's poetry remains pleasant to read. There is a detachedness to her poetry, which allows the reader to experience the unpleasantness of the horror without being blindsided by grotesque or repulsive images or language. As the title indicates there is often a dreamlike quality of observation of the weirdness of our psyches."
-- Diane Severson Mori, reviewer for Amazing Stories

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The Darkside of Eden
By Christina Sng
ISBN 981-04-5750-2
Allegra Press, 2002

eBook available at SmashwordsiTunes, and Barnes & Noble

Christina Sng's first collection takes you on a poetic journey into the dark and macabre underworld of nature where humanity's true face will be unpeeled before you, exposing its deepest buried fears and unspoken propensities.

This collection brings together the best of her poems published in 2001 and early 2002 from various North American magazines and anthologies.

The Darkside of Eden

On the collection:

"A highly recommended chapbook from an extraordinary poet of dark verse."
-- Jon Hodges, writer, poet, founder of Project Pulp

"The images in Pumpkin Girl were startling and perfect for Halloween, and Postwar -- very poignant."
-- Linda Addison, poet and editor of Space & Time

"There is a nice darkness and edge to her poems. Very gritty and sharp."
-- Frank Wu, award-winning SF/F artist

"Outstanding break-up poetry, with just the right amount of pride, bitterness and turn of the knife. Brilliant."
-- Megan J Bulloch, reviewer for The Swamp

"This is a superb collection. I've got mine; get yours."
-- Tyree Campbell, editor of Aoife's Kiss

"Wonderful collection!"
-- Sarah Guidry, editor of Crux

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