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The Compendium of Anger

The Compendium of Anger

written by: Farah Rose Smith

@farahrosesmith

 

I open The Compendium of Anger and I see my name
Among others, letters wrought in blood and hair
The pages scream, I touch them, stinging with some heathen air
A treasury of torment in fluid form,
I wash my hands of those who would adorn
My face with paint, my flesh with fabric
My heart with the fallacies of passionate night
I dreamt of years of torture in Istanbul
Rape and Dismemberment, plummeting from windows
I came back and he had another, hair like a horse’s mane,
Tall like a willow when she walks
I remember as I see her and I scream
Of all the life and dreams of mine they took
I open The Compendium of Anger and I see my name
It is my chest gnawed open with a hook
The wisps of wanting pouring out as odor

Farah Rose Smith

Farah Rose Smith

Farah Rose Smith is an independent scholar, writer, and editor, currently studying Comparative Literature at Hunter College with specializations in Decadence, Symbolism, Gothic Fiction, and the Russian 20th century. Her fiction has been published in various places including Vastarien Literary Journal, Spectral Realms, and Nightscript. Her short fiction collection Of One Pure Will was released by Egaeus Press in June 2019. Her novella ANONYMA made the preliminary ballot list for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards. She will be attending Goldsmith’s College in London for her MA in Romantic and Victorian Literature. Farah currently works as a book reviewer for Publisher's Weekly and an Editorial Intern at UrbanGlass Quarterly. She resides in New York City with her husband.
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