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


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


first stop the fucking tears because it’s pathetic, really, all this crying like you

are a single woman at home on valentine’s day, watching a particularly relevant

romantic comedy. just because you are in the airport

doesn’t mean there is a home to return to. just because you were fucked

against a wall doesn’t mean it will happen again. in fact,

i’ve never been kicked out like that before. i can barely

bear anything anymore, which is to say i

need a boyfriend because carrying my own stuff

is boring. when i sneeze i think: this is how i will die: caught

somewhere between all those things that

weren’t and the ways we prepared. a secret is: i’ll love you

even if you can’t keep my hands warm while we make up animals

and place them in zoos. or: there is little to appreciate when you wake up too late.

i can list the things i didn’t mean to do on two hands.

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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