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


The only way to become a bird is to set fire to the trees. Outside the snow starts melting and
inside I hide love affairs in closets. I’m doing this so I can sleep with men instead of dealing
with my hangnails. Each time we go through a tunnel, a star explodes. I’m cold but I can’t
stop looking in the mirror at bruises you didn’t give me. After removing the Dutch baby
from the oven, please marvel quickly as it will deflate in thirty seconds. But it’s the end, so
people tolerate things like that.

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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