The Gravity of Existence
by Christina Sng
From the Bram Stoker Award winning poet
A collection of tiny terrors from Bram Stoker Award ® winner Christina Sng. The Gravity of Existence is a weight lifted, a monster freed, a princess with sneakers, a spell for a better world. From one of the leading voices in dark verse, this collection delights in the misunderstood, putting a new spin on werewolves, basilisks, sirens, ghosts, aliens, pandemics, fairy tales and myths. Sng gives new voice to classic heroines and the result is terrifying, magical, and fantastic.
About the Author
Christina Sng is an award-winning poet, writer, essayist, and artist. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online venues worldwide and is translated into six languages. She is the author of A Constellation of Songs (Origami Poems Project), Catku (Allegra Press), 2017 Elgin Award nominee An Assortment of Sky Things (Allegra Press), 2018 Elgin Award runner-up Astropoetry (Alban Lake Publishing), 2017 Bram Stoker Award® winner A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press), 2020 Bram Stoker Award® winner and 2021 Elgin Award runner-up A Collection of Dreamscapes (Raw Dog Screaming Press), and the collaborative poetry collection Tortured Willows with Lee Murray, Gene Flynn, and Angela Yuriko Smith.
Since 2001, her science fiction, horror, and fantasy poetry and fiction have been published across North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. These include Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Aoife's Kiss, Apex Magazine, Astronomers Without Borders, Bare Bone, Beyond Centauri, Black Petals, Blood Rose, Bloodbond, ChiZine, Daily Science Fiction, Dark Animus, Disturbed Digest, Dreams and Nightmares, Electric Velocipede, Eye to the Telescope, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Flesh & Blood, Grievous Angel, Hadrosaur Tales, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Illumen, The Journal, Jupiter Magazine, LONTAR, Lunatic Chameleon, The Martian Wave, Mythic Delirium, NewMyths.com, Night to Dawn, Outposts of Beyond, The Pedestal Magazine, Penny Dreadful, Penumbric, Poe Little Thing, Polu Texni, Scifaikuest, Space & Time, Spaceports & Spidersilk, Spectral Realms, Star*Line, Story House, Tales of the Talisman, Trunk Stories, The Washington Post, Wicked Hollow, and Yellow Bat Review.
From late 2015, Christina began to study haiku, finding it immensely beautiful and therapeutic. She writes short form poems to document her thoughts and days. Her haiku, senryu, haiga, and tanka have since received numerous honours and accolades, including winning the 2018 Jane Reichhold International Prize and the Third Annual Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition. Her work has appeared all around the world in journals such as A Hundred Gourds, Akisame, Akitsu Quarterly, Asahi Haikuist, bear creek haiku, cattails, Cricket, Failed Haiku, Frameless Sky, Frogpond, Haikuniverse, Haiku Masters, hedgerow, Mayfly, otata, Prune Juice, Ribbons, Shamrock, The Bamboo Hut, The Cicada's Cry, and Wild Plum, among others.
Praise for The Gravity of Existence
“A spell-binding touchstone of poetry, Christina Sng’s done it again! This book of poems is evocative, haunting, surprising and heart-breakingly poignant. Her use of language is exquisite. Every word counts in the brevity of her poetry. Her minimal poems reflect the strength of thoughts and emotions that comprise the worlds she creates. The Gravity of Existence is a must read!”
—t.santitoro, editor, Scifaikuest
“Christina Sng’s The Gravity of Existence is a rapture of profound, visceral emotions, gutted on the page in all their glory. Her terrors cut deep, some playing with the undead, while others run colder like shafts of darkness that penetrate the reader’s heart. Her poems, as ever, are sublime.”
—Eva Roslin, writer and reviewer
“Christina Sng is the Emily Dickinson of tiny genre verse. Her new collection is simply delightful. For example: “vampiric fog/ the forgotten tales/ of anemia,” or “thrown away in recycling/ glass slippers stained with blood/ from the stepsisters’/severed toes.” Some thought-provoking, philosophical, others have you smiling without realizing. Whether you’re in flight above the earth, or simply in a mood to be fantastically regaled, there’s many a poem you’ll enjoy! A fitting addition to your bookcase from an award-winning poet.”
—Marge Simon, multiple Bram Stoker winner, author of Victims