Books

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Enter the
Chrysanthemum
Poems
 Intimate Distances 

Poems

 Double Lives 

Anthology of Essays

The Bright Well

Contemporary
Canadian Poems
About Facing
Cancer

The Rainbow Rocket Children’s book 


Camouflage

outside, pacing fury:
a plywood door
prepares to buckle.

inside, a legless bed floats
docked against a wall,

medusas in the wallpaper’s
clumped foliage peer
into an empty shag sea.

a narrow closet,
innards jumbled–
woolly hems, boots and
a twelve-year-old.

her crouched silence.
she pretends to be
a shoe.

(from Intimate Distances (Nightwood Editions, 2002), earlier published in A Room at the Heart of Things (Vehicule, 1998), and in Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1999), and selected for B.C’s Poetry in Transit Program in 2002, Copyright © 1998 by Fiona Tinwei Lam )