On Unpredictability

a poem on fictionaut

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Eunoia Review

My short story “Blindness” has been accepted for publication in Eunoia Review. Thanks to Ian.


Birth

I was born in a village.
The stars were not shining.

My father drove my mother to the hospital.
My sister said
when she visited me
after I was born,
my face was very red.

I stuck my tongue out at her.

I should’ve been born two months later.

My mother reached up
to get a jar
from a kitchen shelf
and the water broke.

From then on,
I have been fascinated
by things that arrive prematurely.

The sunken garden is already blooming,
the whitewashed frame of the window
with the patched up screen,
and the slow fuse of a feeling
burning the night
up to the ceiling.

I am slowly moving away
from my birth
toward another birth.
That of a wind carefully shhhhing the leaves
off the ground.

I should’ve been there too
but I am too busy paying attention to myself,
picking up memory,
losing the words
and finding us both.

from Becoming Someone Who Isn’t (ESAW, 2007)


New release – On Love: a poem sequence

On Love: a poem sequence

http://www.amazon.com/On-Love-a-poem-sequence-Jill-Chan/dp/1463721439/

64 pages

My new collection of poetry is a sequence on love–the many sides of romance, the depths of longing, and other subtleties in between.

“There was this sound
then nothing after;
a quickness
then what quickened you;
a style then
how we stood aside
like a generous condemnation,
like delight
at something gone,
never to be confused
again with coming.”

free digital edition