This Love - Deborah Wong

will cause barrenness if I
continue to amplify the Do-Wop

Jacobean stimulates
the errand of mercy. Tactless words
garrulously by the oceanfront Empire
Hotel. Behind your mother’s retinas

seated a moccasin boots. Put them on,
where the overhead projector brings us
down the memory path of ballistic raindrops.


Deborah Wong is going 32, lives in Kuala Lumpur, where her poems appeared in ditch, Poetry Quarterly, Anak Sastra and other journals. A University of London law graduate, she attended the summer creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Her novel and full-length poetry book are currently seeking publication. More of her work, do visit