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Madison Xu

Madison Xu is a student at Horace Mann School in New York City. She has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Apprentice Writers, and The New York Times. In her free time, she likes to read, ski, and bake.

Sept/Oct 2022

For My Father, Who Lives Alone

By Madison Xu

Baba turns fifty alone / in the 6 x 8 box / of our iPad 3 / September on our breaths / seven years coming now / funny how memory / has a way of nebulizing / the hum of radio static / the way you learned English by listening to the Beatles’ / “Hey Jude” on repeat / now white noise / at age ten / we were two continents / sundered by ocean / no more than arbitrary geography / at age ten / I held dawn like a permission / tasted it skin by skin / a mouthful of