The archaeological traces of a snail trail are left on a window, evidence of a fevered, sleepless wandering. A charlatan fortuneteller utters prophecies from a coffin of a box. Small moments—the cutting of a butternut squash, the discovery of an octopus in the water —become windows into the tragicomedy of human life.
A journey between politics and ecology, Waking Up to the Pattern Left by a Snail Overnight bursts open the shared doors of meditation and madness, of nature and human corruption, throwing the sounds and visions of Taylor Swift, Björk, Maria Ressa, Mad Max, Japanese animé, and the Marcos dictatorship into an unpredictable dance filled with moments of silence and wonder.
Tinged with darkness but never with despair, these poems walk through remnants of grief, destruction, and corruption and toward versions of rebirth, each one a map showing us the way to heal from loss and answer with joy.
Published in 2024.