Sept/Oct 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 5 2019 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers |

Post Meridiem

after Hayao Miyazaki In Seattle, my mother dreams up a surplus of wolves. We are walking down a light-rimmed road, the bus stop slick with saliva. I am searching her eyes for knife wounds, places where the dogs colonized first. This is what every good daughter should do: I practice eating pork dumplings in the hotel suite, stomach ginger root to keep parasites from whitening my body. In the morning, we remember the ocean differently. We listen for a train flickering twice over the horizon. I see my mother’s face in the water, her cheeks bulbous and hairline draining, strands rising to bob at the surface. The train arrives, hued blue by waves bruising her breast. Inside: a red sanctuary. All the seats are occupied with ghosts, smoke leaving through cracked lips. My mother says she is surprised we are still alive. She dreams of things unborn. I want to look like a bird, run through the air. Or steal xiao long bao from the pockets of passersby and haggle with

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Stephanie Chang is a high school student from Richmond, BC, Canada. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Adroit Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others. She writes for Her Culture.

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Post Meridiem

By Stephanie Chang

after Hayao Miyazaki In Seattle, my mother dreams up a surplus of wolves. We are walking down a light-rimmed road, the bus stop slick with saliva. I am searching her […]

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