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 Recognizes Danger and Proceeds Anyway

When she said to him—
Out of all the dark-haired boys I’ve kissed you
are the one I want the most—

And when they spent the day in the kitchen, she
slicing the French loaf and he
unwrapping butter—

And when they
made love in the dark
for the first time—

That was when she thought: let
Carolina be Carolina, North
and South, but
I think this
could be a problem.

There is nothing that stops
a volcano from erupting and we are still
looking for ways to predict
its happening. Picking out which
are lies and which
are truths
is a bit like

distinguishing planets
from stars
in the sky.

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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