Archives quotidiennes : 27 octobre 2012

Zombies and poetry: Margaret Atwood free to read, on Wattpad

« Poetry is the past that breaks out in our hearts ». (Rilke)

Oh, yes, zombies. They’re mindless, shambling; they’re coming for your brains… And then things will never be the same.

Image: cover of Thriller Suite, poems by Margaret Atwood, published on Wattpad

It’s also a powerful metaphor. Trust Margaret Atwood to explore it! And not only in The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, the horror fiction series she’s writing for Wattpad in collaboration with Naomi Alderman, and which was announced Wednesday worldwide.

There’s also Thriller Suite, a collection of poems by Atwood, also published on Wattpad, in which my favourite is this one:

There you have it: zombies.
Didn’t you always suspect?
« Poetry is the past
that breaks out in our hearts »
like a virus, like an infection.
How many poems occur about
the dead one who isn’t dead,
the lost one who semi-persists…

« Zombie Poetry Zombie », by Margaret Atwood. Free to read on Wattpad, both the website and the app. Click, enjoy and… shiver.

(Hat tip: @bibliomancienne, ActuaLitté.)