Monday 15 November 2010

Arlene Ang in Rougarou

Arlene Ang's poem "After the Flood" is now published in the Fall 2010 issue of Rougarou: An Online Literary Journal. Read the poem here.
Arlene Ang's poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

1 comment:

  1. Arlene Ang's poem
    "After the Flood"
    Is an undead story
    Like Zombies
    Or Vampires
    Of Werewolves

    Rougarou is the journal's name
    Rougarou is also the same as
    loup garou, the wolf monsters
    Who wander bayous at night

    Yet unlike ghost stories
    That seek to scare,
    We are shown death poetically
    the infinite dance of soil
    around moving insects,
    the star-nosed moles
    that played our bodies
    like pianos"
    The dance of death
    With the music
    Played by moles
    On our bodies

    A dance macabre
    That somehow reanimates
    Without reviving
    the Dead seeking life
    "We travel from town to town
    in search of what we’ve lost:
    blood, family, hunger, a heartbeat.
    Like the living, we cannot let go"

    Can you not feel the anguish
    The longing for what was lost
    Can you not feel the fear
    Children must feel as well
    When walking the bayous at night
    Knowing what's waiting for them
    In the humid, stalking darkness

    For finally how are we the living
    To know how to relate to the dead
    Who have disappeared into the waters
    That can swallow us into their depths



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