Poetry Pause x Augur: David Ly – Fury

Poem name: Fury Poem author: David Ly Poem: asphyxiation is my angel’s talons around a harp crushing a melody luring me closer and closer to an oily light i’m compelled to wrap round my body when i still want to escape an entire night is scratched away i am as soft as i thought asian fairy-bluebird chicks still need to dart from my mouth smash into the two-way mirror that i see my face in i don’t want to trip into this magic again something i think about while body-aches keep me awake i’ve been having trouble staying in the current year the old ones keep expanding and popping in the marrow of my bones i want self-forgiveness in its single-celled form i want the dimming flame in my chest to combust into a phoenix-shaped love that can save me from clipping wings from my own breath so that i may finally move uninhibited and proud with all of the magnificent furies i know i am capable of End of poem. Published in Augur Magazine, Issue 1.2, 2018 David Ly Bio: David Ly’s poems have been published by Plenitude, PRISM international, carte blanche, The /tƐmz/ Review, and others. He is the author of the chapbook Stubble Burn (Anstruther Press, 2018) and the full-length collection Mythical Man (Anstruther Books, 2020). David has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and long- and short-listed for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize and Magpie Award, respectively. He can be found on Twitter @dlylyly.


About Augur: Augur is a literary magazine that believes we can better engage with our pasts, presents, and futures through stories that explore what-ifs and could-bes. We are excited by writing that is difficult to classify—whether speculative, surreal, or slightly strange. We’re interested in realist pieces that verge on the dreamlike; speculative stories that are almost realist; and, on top of that, any form of literary fantasy/science fiction/speculative fiction. Augur makes room for writing from uncommon perspectives, and brings together the often disparate realms of literary and genre fiction. Our goal is to publish at least 75% Canadian and Indigenous content, offering new opportunities to the rich communities of speculative fiction writers in the North. And, more importantly, we’re committed to featuring intersectional narratives as represented by characters, storytelling, and, in particular, author representation. We want the kind of liminal that pulls voices together, and honours difference as an integral part of our literary canon.