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Poetry

Timeless Pie

she saved her money to buy a thirty-minute trip back in time to visit the diner where she could watch her grandpa young with a head full of hair working behind the counter as she ate a piece of his maple apple pie with coffee   the piece she ordered to-go traveled fifty years ahead […]

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Omonhinmin

“what is grief, if not love persevering?”— Vision in a village, a woman on a boat tosses her net into a lake & hopes to fish her drowned kids from its yawning mouth. the dark garment in the sky is without sparkles, a halved moon hovers, & nothing but owls eat the silence. in Bini, […]

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Weaver Girl Dream

After the legend of 牛郎织女   It begins, perhaps unavoidably, with my mother’s anger. She caught me at happiness, you see. Unsanctioned.   (I do not talk about my father. You cannot talk about a forest until you have emerged from the trees.)   I met a boy. My mother told him, as she stripped […]

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The House Snakes

for Nyani Martin   You knew our strength, we were the maze’s clew coiling in your goddess’ fists, the sidewinding horns of the bull tossing dancers through copper-blue infinity. Son of serpent-footed kings, he should have twined his wrists with yours, not left them for the wild grape and the ivy to lasso into immortality, […]

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Crustacean on Land

I am haunted by her neoprene    suit, the swell of undulations    while the ocean kelps.   In New Mexico I balked    at white sun, my fleshy calves   trembling when the   puppeteer said, It’s either me              or the seven seas. I crashed like a breaking […]

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