House Cats / Yu-Han Chao

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dancing girl press, 2013

 Yu-Han (Eugenia) Chao was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her BA from National Taiwan University and MFA from Penn State. The Backwaters Press published her poetry collection, We Grow Old: 53 Chinese Love Poems, and Dancing Girl Press published her chapbook, My Body Is Not a Textbook But You Are My Mango. For more writing and artwork, visit


You, the scapegoat, incarnation of the ghosts of bad relationships past. I was yelled at for tripping on your human-tripping butt, left in a corner while you were cuddled. Your sleep murmurs, purr-snores, loose bits jangling all fan my fury. That cat spring roll story may not have been about you but may as well have been. You drew blood from my brother with your claws, and hissed at every catsitter until even the neighbor’s barely-speaking toddler called you Mean Kitty.