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