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“Tyler’s Bottle” and “A Separate Air” in Melusine—Spring/Summer 2013

May 29, 2013

2 Poems by Jamez Chang in Melusine, Spring/Summer 2013

I see my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew once a year. They live in California, I live in New Jersey. And absence makes the heart grow fonder. But does familiarity breed contempt? Call it the Seven Year Itch, call it the Post Full O’ Cliches—this is why I write. To get past language defaults, past languid me. Go looking for metaphor that might describe the rough circles of marriage—couldn’t be my mar—have you heard this poem about my nephew Tyler?

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I’m paying tribute to a husband and a wife who are raising their boy right. Exhausted that first year, but like all new parents, learning as they go, sometimes, just getting by—on three, maybe four hours of sleep. Looking at his face today, I can’t help but think: they raised this boy right.

Publication Notes: Along with Richard and Tani, another bright force who is raising hers right is the talented poet Janelle Kihlstrom. Bright force, force of nature, it’s no bromide or cliche to say that the poets, artists, and writers who graced this issue’s pages all wish to congratulate Janelle on her newest addition. And end on Adult-sized: always impressed by the visual range of Melusine‘s Derek Pomery & Chi Kang. It’s a beautiful     bouncing     issue!

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