Tired of feeling guilty, all the time

the jumpers I lent never find their way back

barely rehearsed, cold

overwhelmed I wasn’t ready for

the day has become tight

trying to force open a poem

the airtime in my mind:

vilify, vilify, vilify

can’t control

clenching jaw

Luoyang Chen

Luoyang Chen was born and raised in a small town in Fujian, China, and currently resides on Wongatha Country. Luoyang is the author of a poetry collection, Flow (Red River, 2023), which is allegedly “very funny”. They are interested in the lyric “I”, 自然, “stasis in darkness”, language, positionality, and “O”.

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