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Jane Wong

Jane Wong’s poems can be found in places such as Best American Non-required Reading 2019, American Poetry Review, AGNI, and Poetry, among other venues. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the US Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and others. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and the forthcoming How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021). 


Dream Daughter

Spring 2021 | Poetry

How long I’ve dreamt of you, teenaged and long-legged, lying on our porch, 
your mud-speckled sandals kicked off to the side, watching a tree slowly split 

Dream Daughter with Onions

Spring 2021 | Poetry

My dream daughter is chopping onions. 
She has been chopping for hours, slipping 
off the skin like tea-colored lingerie, slicing them 
thinly like the rings of some beloved planet.

The Snake

Spring 2021 | Poetry

I found a black snake on the porch, its body so 
still I didn’t dare breathe. Lungs arrested, I might 
have left my body then. It was long, a rope I could 
Double Dutch, a tilde underneath every word I try 
to love differently.