The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Angela Veronica Wong’s “how to survive a hotel fire”


From Part Three of Angela Veronica Wong’s book how to survive a hotel fire

In Which Our Heroine Confesses a Fondness for Crusty Bread

It’s too hot for soup
but she makes it anyway, quartering an onion
and peeling carrots. The bubbling
in the pot and the rising heat.

She sweats under her tank top.

Everything she slides under her shirt slips
and stops
just below her breasts,
caught by flesh and fabric.

In the same way she collects airport codes
like key chains. She likes the idea of reducing
a collection of letters into an even smaller
collection of letters.

Why does she keep doing this, she wonders.

She is starting to realize there are lots of things she likes.

This selection comes from Angela Veronica Wong’s book how to survive a hotel fire, available from Coconut Books. Purchase your copy here!

Angela Veronica Wong is the author of several poetry chapbooks. She is on the internet at

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently four sparks fall: a novella (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, 2013) and, with Erin Elizabeth Smith, Skate or Die (Dusie Kollektiv, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Reunion: The Dallas ReviewWest Wind Review, HobartNinth Letter, and Phoebe, among others. A weightlifter, crafter, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she serves as the Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press, and Literary Arts Director for the Sundress Academy of the Arts.



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