About a year ago, I started going to open mics and poetry gigs and would ask for a slot without holding back, just “tebal muka” like Jim Carrey in ‘Yes Man’. I would take on every poetry gig and my face was kinda like everywhere there was a gig. Hence, my friends (shoutout to MicJackers and Azizan’ Afi & Jamal Raslan for coining the term) made an inside joke; “jack it” to mean just F-it and perform your poem! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be honored in such a way. I love those guys and others that have supported me along my journey.
I love any sajak in any language because there are words you can’t really translate in any other language; for example ‘RINDU’- you can’t really put a finger on it and the word Rindu itself is poetic and beautiful. Malay Sajak has its own beauty and wonders.
Food is something almost sacred to me. You can’t really find good food anymore these days, except for your mom’s cooking, your own personal touch and comfort food you’ve been eating since childhood (shoutout to Ipoh New Hollywood, Vegas, Nasi Ganja etc.). My favorite food would be Steak that’s been baste with butter, garlic and rosemary. Most. Sexiest. Thing. Ever. Oh and roasted chicken! 2nd. Most. Sexiest. Thing. Ever.
Those who follow Jack’s Facebook feeds will be accustomed to his frequent odes to Cinta in his postings.
His constant muse, happens to be none other than his girlfriend, Farah Aiman Azhar.
She is the voice I wore over my howling silence everytime I forget how does faith sounds like. She is the sound that reminded me to believe in my poems and the figure of happiness I’ve been looking for all this time.
Apart from being a true blue jiwang soul, love and romance are a constant theme in Jack’s spiel because
“I’m kinda of a hopeless romantic that’s romantically hopeless, LOL. But yeaaa, I’m not really of a political/activist/strong/
prosaic kinda writer and jiwang2 poetry kinda resonates with me, though that doesn’t mean I’m into love poems ONLY. Its nice for an artist to have range so that your poems or craft is multi-dimensional and multi-functional etc.
“Well my inspiration comes from my surroundings. I usually write because I’m the type that captures my experiences/memories/muse into my poems. If I was an elemental poet, I would be an Air Poet (see ‘As For Poets’ – Gary Snyder, Turtle Island)