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Tina Chang

Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, is the author of Half-Lit Houses (Four Way, 2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way, 2011) and coeditor of the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton, 2008). The poems that appear here are from her forthcoming poetry collection, Hybrida (Norton, 2019). 



Spring 2019 | Poetry

Up ahead it’s white. Snow animal,
I’m running at your back. I’ve failed to tell you
I’ve been hungry all this time, to tell you 

He, Pronoun

Spring 2019 | Poetry

Everywhere I look I see him,
I have a right to fear for him, 

though I have no right to claim his color.
His blackness is his to own and what will

my mouth say of that sweetness.

Creation Myth

Spring 2019 | Poetry

I’m without body but forming in the latticework 

of blood cell and fret. Each threat pulls me upward

tempting and building me until my spine lifts into a column,