May/June 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 3 Nature’s Nature |

You Go, Me Stay, Two Autumns

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 bonobo Photobomb a grief group confess you’re happy Hang upside-down off a moonbeam screech like a banshee You go Me stay two autumns You go Me stay two autumns • • Donne and Keats scratching tunes in the kitty litter Purring poetry and God thru a negative-ion capacitor Air-hug your Biker neighbor not too tight she might bite Rock roses and jasmine bathed in chain-link light Queen B’s a hivin’ Beyond Meat on the barbie Squid-ink gnocchi 6 ft away still looks nasty You’ve been knocking down mojitos Face-licking boychicks at the Grotto Auntie’s decoupling sending you back to Idaho You go Me stay two autumns Yo

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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.

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