Poetry Pause: Ellen Chang-Richardson — Meltwater Basin

Poet name: Ellen Chang-Richardson Poem title: Meltwater Basin Poem: Have you ever had those dreams you know, those carbon-dark sorts of dreams? Where monsters and men made of the same fabric move in and out of each other, amorphic? I’ve had; those sorts of dreams. those lamp-black, sorts of dreams, in each one there you are on horseback, bareback from the waist up, in each one, there you are: astride your shadow steed like a legion of Kazakh Kings; damn them, these dreams. These gut-wrenching teeth-clenching sweaty sorts of dreams, that melt in, to each other profuse and confused, soporific in nature. It’s funny, these sorts of dreams, these burnt sienna, lamp flare, cotton-filled dreams. They remind me of a time, long past where my seas and your shores met like towers in rain, they remind me. Of leafy green, high golden mushroom haze; where my lips and your limbs met wrapped, in polyurethane. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Ellen Chang-Richardson Originally appears in Ricepaper Magazine, July 2019. Reappeared in Lit Mag Love Anthology I: Blood & Water, September 2019. Ellen Chang-Richardson (she/her) is a poet, editor and writer of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. Winner of the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry, Ellen's work has appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Bywords.ca, Cypress Press, and more. Her debut chapbook Unlucky Fours is now available with Anstruther Press (2020). In addition to her writing, Ellen is the founder of Little Birds Poetry and the cofounder of Riverbed Reading Series. She splits her time between Ottawa & Toronto. www.ehjchang.com // Twitter @ehjchang