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Marilyn Chin

Marilyn Chin is the author of Hard Love Province (2014) and Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (2009) among other titles. Her writing has appeared in the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including five Pushcart Prizes, and has taught in a variety of workshops. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.

May/June 2022

You Go, Me Stay, Two Autumns

By Marilyn Chin

行く我にとゞまる汝に秋二つ — Masaoka Shiki Wipe the lipstick off the milk carton Get off your high horse and wicked palanquin Dye your ancestral roots kryptonite Day-Glo Paint your opposable thumbs Urban Decay […]

Spring 1995

Cauldron

By Marilyn Chin

Gerneralissimo Yuan Shih Kai, your horse went mad. He danced a ribbon around the character named "chaos." Oh grand master, won't you let the light in, this human destiny, scroll […]

Spring 1995

The Colonial Language Is English

By Marilyn Chin

Heaven manifests its dualityMy consciousness on earth is two-foldMy parents speak with two tonguesMy mother's tongue is ToisanMy father's tongue is CantoneseThe colonial language is EnglishI and thou, she and […]

Fall 1991

Tienanmen, the Aftermath

By Marilyn Chin

      for the Chinese Democratic Movement There was blood and guts all over the road. I said I’m sorry, darling, and rolled over, expecting the slate to be clean; but she […]

Fall 1991

Turtle Soup

By Marilyn Chin

              for Ben Huang You go home one evening tired from work, and your mother boils you turtle soup. Twelve hours hunched over the hearth, (who knows what else is in […]

Turtle Soup

By Marilyn Chin

From The Kenyon Review, New Series, Fall 1991, Vol. XIII, No.4 for Ben Huang You go home one evening tired from work, and your mother boils you turtle soup. Twelve […]