Poetry: The Voice out of the Darkness


Growing up as the youngest of five in a household torn by parental separation, abuse, aggression, and poverty I didn’t have a voice. I lived under the safety of desks and the company of stuffed animals. The turmoil I witnessed in our household was as turbulent as my own internal world. My under the desk world was never enough to give me reprieve from the darkness that was consuming me. At 10 years old, I attempted suicide. Continue reading →


Too Much Love can Kill You: Shen Fu’s The Old Man of the Moon


Marital vows state:
“…to have and to hold, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to love and cherish, till death do us part….”

Between couples this is the promise, the expectation and the ideal. Our society celebrates couples who love each other through it all. We love it when we hear stories of couples who stood beside each other through the years and living up to the vows spoken on their wedding day. We think of this as the measure of marital bliss. In Shen Fu’s The Old Man of the Moon, however, he warns against this. Continue reading →