Stella Wong

is it viable to date yourself?

vignette the neighborhood into little stories – dematerialize the house you came from – the residue of the residents passing through the track – from absentia to lux and back to black – these lightning arteries mark the pulse points of civilization – bracket the manipulation of god – you’re only middle management in the astral dimensions – the venerated who drink from squat cups of cassis – the exegetes cannot make cents of the burning book – they cannot read into the spoilt font they represent – the seraphim toss corporate lemmings over cliffs – palet d’or tastes better without fondant mediocrity.

Stella Wong is the author of Spooks, winner of the Saturnalia Books Editors Prize, and American Zero, selected for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Pcrize by Danez Smith. A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Wong’s poems have appeared in POETRY, Colorado Review, Lana Turner, Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, the LA Review of Books, and more.