It is well known that there are five stages of grief, but do you know that absence consists of seven steps?

In the vast expanse of human experience, there exist realms of emotion that transcend the boundaries of time, distance, and circumstance. Friendship, relationship, or the contemporary “situationship” — are they merely labels, or do they encapsulate the essence of what truly matters?

Enter the realm of connection — a tapestry woven with threads of absence and longing, where hearts yearn across oceans and souls bridge the chasm of separation. Stephanie Esther Fam, in her mesmerising poetry collection “Shades,” delves deep into the intricacies of human connection, exploring the delicate dance between absence and connection.

”Absence makes the heart grow fonder”, but is fondness the only thing Absence can make a heart grow to feel?. Can Absence also fortify the bonds of connection, strengthening them with each passing moment of yearning?

In the eyes and heart of Stephanie Esther Fam, Absence is a single entity. Beyond the naked eye, taking many forms, many faces. And distant shadows connecting, never truly reuniting with only memories remaining.

In ABSENCE, Fam paints a vivid portrait of two souls, separated by time, distance, and circumstance, as they navigate the seven steps of absence. Their journey is our journey — a journey of longing, trust, and hope. Through Fam’s poignant verses, we find ourselves immersed in the universal experiences of love and longing, resonating with the echoes of our own lives.

Join us on this enchanting voyage through the nuances of connection, as we explore the depths of human emotion and the power of absence to shape our relationships. Let ABSENCE be your guide as you navigate the complexities of love and longing, and discover the beauty that lies within the spaces between hearts.


  • August 6, 2024
  • 07:30 PM-09:30 PM


  • Black Box


  • S$ 90
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