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Poetry Muse: Caroline Wong + Primal Sketches
Today on Poetry Muse we are joined by Caroline Wong, author ofPrimal Sketches (Signature Editions). Caroline’s poetry collection is a book that considers how our actions profoundly effect the lives of fellow humans as well as the natural world around us. In our Q&A with Caroline, she shares how nature is her muse and how she was inspired to start writing this collection to express her needs, especially events that brought great suffering and pain to those unable to defend themselves.
A poem from Primal SketchesYangtze Morning from the door of her old home she watchedthe river daily rise. Most of the people Leaving forced out of their villagethe century-old town. Bai Di among the clouds They fled carrying tools, beds, tables, chairsto the hastily built new townwith no place for raising ducks and chickens. Jiang Ling a thousand li east At night she dreamed of waterrising over the threshold carrying out her bloated corpse, gibbons from red cliffstheir ceaseless howling floating along with carcassesof pig, cow, deer, and other debris while sampan lightly saileddown the river through the vanishing gorgesten thousand peaks.
* * *CAROLINE WONG came to Canada from China in her early teens. She went back to university after her children had grown up and graduated with a BA in English Literature from Simon Fraser University. She is also a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. She writes primarily poetry. Many of her poems have to do with the theme of home — which is both a place inside and an elusive, irretrievable place out there. Her writing has appeared in Grain, Prism International, Rice Paper, The Prose Poem Project, West Coast Line, and Westword. Primal Sketches (Signature Editions) is her debut poetry collection. She lives with her family in Burnaby, BC.
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