Aether – Ellen Chang-Richardson

                       from the sky
burns holes in polyester
coat me in white powder

I shake drops from my eyes;

see a sea
         gull       strut
tin gangways           strut 
carob balcony rails      strut
puffed chest brimming      spirits
of   sugar kelp   twists  
of   kombu shoots
of   shiners    and secrets

of soot.

Ellen Chang-Richardson is an award-winning poet of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. She is the author of three chapbooks, including snap, pop, performance (Gap Riot Press). Co-founder and co-curator of Riverbed Reading Series, her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead and Vallum Contemporary, among others. Website:

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