April 2010
Yi-Mei Tsiang
ISBN 978-1-926655-08-6
5.5 by 8.5 inches
Indigo Flysheets
Untrimmed edges

32 pp $12.00

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The Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales

by Yi-Mei Tsiang

an excerpt:

Red Riding Hood

Alone, in the dark woods
or a street, a car spews its
shadow, a wolf’s dark mouth.

There, the outline of a
body of leaves. Now she walks
alone, in the dark woods

of cement and dandelions, a bouquet
of yellow faces. A child’s sidewalk chalk
shadow, a wolf’s dark mouth

and the car, idling, plastic bags blown astray,
pushes back her hood, the scream of a hawk
alone in the dark woods

of opened doors. Her mother would say
strangers, don’t talk to them, don’t you talk
shadow, a wolf’s dark mouth

around her heart, beat quickened
and hush now, don’t you talk
alone, in the dark woods
shadow, a wolf’s dark mouth.

Yi-Mei Tsiang has been published widely in Canadian literary journals, including CV2, Arc Magazine, Vallum Magazine, The Antigonish Review, Other Voices, Room Magazine, and Interimmag. She has two picture books and a non-fiction book forthcoming with Annick Press as well as a full-length poetry manuscript supported by the Ontario Arts Council. She is currently completing her MFA at UBC's optional residency program.

Author's Photo by Jane Kerrison. Her work
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