What Are You?

Version imprimable

Une compilation assemblée par Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang

Les poèmes

side a:

 

 

1. 18 and Life

her friend takes her to

the guidance counselor...

I understand you.

I get what you’re trying to say.

What you’re trying to say is you want me to get it.

 

I get it. You want me

to understand. You...

My father threw his language overboard,

a bag of kittens, waterlogged mewling:

small hard bodies.

 

My mother hung on to hers —

Wove the words like...

Each adult will be allowed 150 pounds

 

and each child will be allowed 75 pounds of baggage.

 

—B.C. Security Commission, 1942...

 

At the park I look for Levita,

because our work is the same—

swaying wide-legged over foraging toddlers,

we avert bruises, discourage the...

Price depends on how the cheongsam

was made, the fabric used.

 

Gasp. Lift breasts with one hand.

Stuff your body inside.

 

If you...

I come from the land of

Where You From?

My people dispossessed of their stories

and who have died again and again

in a minstrelsy of afterlives, wakes,

...

      The air smells of rhubarb, occasional

Roses, or first birth of blossoms, a fresh,

...

Very loud    a mad frenzy    The wooden

barrel she rode would have roared

 

(I first wrote “road”)

Left home to join the circus: 15 years old

 

...

when I try to talk to my mom about what it was like

to grow up surrounded by yt people in the prairies

in the 80s though it seemed like the 50s

she tells me in a so-...

Who I am

depends on which side of my skin

you stand on.

 

In here

it’s all neurons firing

synapses telling stories

blood tracing...

Les récitations

Pour que chaque poème de cette compilation soit accompagné d’une récitation, nous invitons les élèves du primaire et du secondaire à nous proposer leur propre vidéo de récitation pour faire entendre un poème qui n’a pas encore été récité. Envoyez-nous vos vidéos de récitation d’un des poèmes de cette compilation et il pourrait y être ajouté !

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