Today’s blog is a poem for fun and notes on a book, A Lover’s Discourse.
- The Worm Turns
I always dream they’ll come back.
On full moon nights
I think in the tub, soaping
He’ll remember, want me
so badly no obstacle will
suffice to quiet his quick heart.
I always think they’ll come back
panting for my charms, missing
me as I’ve missed them, longing
the days away as I have.
I always hope they’ll come back.
So I can say, ‘Get lost you rat
I found somebody new!’
- Thoughts about Xiaolu Guo, A Lover’s Discourse, A Novel, Grove Press, 2020. I’ve not read this author before so she comes as quite a surprise. Writing from a different language, I notice her especially female point of view, crisp and with an economy of language which is quite pleasing. Chapters are short. I find myself more drawn into her story the further I read. Mostly we deal with only two people: a woman and a man. A lot of feeling is portrayed in A Lover’s Discourse and always using that economy of language. Reading this story, I am intrigued.