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Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang is the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner of the Academy of American Poets and author of Afterland (Graywolf, 2017). Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post and elsewhere. She is co-editor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011). She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and she is a Kundiman fellow.


Ear to the Night

Spring 2017 | Poetry

I press my hand to your sleep.

Then I find your spent head under small
whirling tresses

having digested the clatter
of car horns, children

bustling into sweet shops.