“A true artist seeks no audience, attention, accolade nor abundance. He lives and breathes art. He does what he believes in and he will spend a lifetime doing it. If there is audience and attention, so be it. If there is none, so be it. If there is accolade and abundance, so be it. if there is none, so be it.”
~Kris Lee 2010
fiveloaf, the man is a second generation immigrant Chinese lazing in the sunny island of Penang- a former British colony and currently, a Unesco listed heritage city situated off the North Western coast of Malaysia.
fiveloaf, the blog is a poetry/prose blog authored by fiveloaf, the man. His poems encompasses the most theatrical time of his life, and it chronicles all the drama and shadow play deliberated in between. Fiveloaf is self taught. His approach, minimalistic. He shuns away from confining his works to the restrictive aspect of classification he says is the job of the academia, preferring his writings to synchronize naturally with the rhythms pulsating in his heart. Fiveloaf stumbled upon poetry by chance and had since composed well over 300 poems. They were all at one time or another tagged into phases which he describes as necessary because each phase morphed his perception and thought process as he hovers through lives unexpected toss and turns. They are:
ENCOUNTERS Under The Coconut Tree (Nov 2009 till Oct 2010),
Fireflies and Bamboo (Nov 2010 till Aug 2011)
Changes Within Changes Without (Sept 2011 till July 2012) &
Monologs of a Water Tiger (Aug 2012 till ____).
For those who are not familiar with his style of writing, his 30 Selected Works would be a great page to start with. To dwell into his thoughts, read his Musings & Scribblings , HUMANITY or Fiveloafsophy.
Besides poems, Fiveloaf has also compiled for record, a budding collection of early Hokkien Proverbs & Sayings as well as Hokkien Rhymes & Ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian where his ancestors climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the torrid South China Sea to settle in faraway lands both, to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These proverbs and sayings according to him, are important as it seeks to retell the lifestyle of his forefathers and are archived for the younger generations to understand. Hokkien Phrases are also included and are alphabetically organised according to the Penang colloquial way of pronunciation.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES : Fiveloaf is a recipient of some 150 Awards and featured in some poetry blogs but since many of these links have had their pictures removed, Fiveloaf has decided to omit them. For those who doubted the existence of these awards are welcomed to tabulate them from all the comments received thus far..