Note: Some editorial errors appeared in the opening of this week’s issue: this is supposed to be The Weekly Avocet #493. But the contents of the poems are different from #492. On behalf of the journal, I apologize for the matter. –Byung A.
Dandelion & Irislike a good friend
each other's fault
being a good company
This piece is one of the six poems publishedin The Weekly Avocet #491, May 1st, 2022.Thank you, Charles, Vivian, Valeri for taking them. --Byung A.
My six poems appeared in this journal: Spring Pasture; Learning the eyes of Sky, turtles; Dandelion & Iris; For the Spring Sun; Spring Grass; Spring Tree Song. Thank you, Charles, Vivian, and Valerie for taking these poems.
Inside me, a family
by Ching-In Chen
born from small
waters. Each night,
I look for a paper
to feed this first litter
from a slow continent.
New trappers buy
their fetters and hooks,
dreaming of new skin
to drape. In the sky, a wound
like river, opening up again
to bird. Neighborhood pushes
against seams, dislikes
a newcomer. This linked
to history and forgetting--
a new gray house like a weed.
A monument rises past the window.
We sit and drink twice-steeped tea.
Ching-In Cheng is the author of Recombinant (Kelsey Street Press,
2017) and The heart's Traffic (Red Hen Press, 2009). A Callaloo,
Kundiman, and Lambda Fellow, Assistant professor in the School of
Interdisciplinary Arts and Science and MFA in creating and Poetics
at the University of Washington.