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Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, by Phoebe Tsang

By Tightrope Books | August 25th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Welcome to a new edition of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give our readers the briefest of glimpses – teases, if you will – into our new, backlist, and forthcoming books. This week’s teaser comes from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, a collection of poetry set to hit bookshelves this fall.

These poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.

You can visit author Phoebe Tsang at her website, http://www.phoebetsang.com.

For now, please enjoy “Seven Days Without You,” from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse.

monday: wake up

hair crumpled as a black silk scarf—

i see you’ve been trying to strangle me in my sleep

tuesday: eyes ringed with ash-grey—

have you been trying to set me on fire again

wednesday: wake late

when did sunlight get so dark

i waited all night but dawn never came

thursday: bad dreams—

you rode the moon through my window

and laced my pillow with mercury

friday: i’m a strawberry field

scarred with spider-sized bites—

i never wanted to be your voodoo doll

saturday: stay in bed all afternoon

i shouldn’t miss you but i do

sunday: wake up alone

finally it seems you’ve stopped

dreaming about me

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