poetry critical

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Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:

Xiao Hua
Ananke

my mother in law
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calls me xiao hua--
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small flower,
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because her lips cannot form
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the crux of my name.
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she tells me the mandarin
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for things which I forget,
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the name for rice,
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full, stupid man
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I tell her the differences
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among sell fish, selfish
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and shellfish.
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she laughs as I squirm
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when intestines or oxtails
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are placed at the dinner table
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xiao hua, xiao hua,
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she says it is a farmer name
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when the family gathers
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for dinner I make up stories
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for what I think they're saying
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but always I think I hear those
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two syllables which belong
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to me,
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xiao hua, xiao hua, they ring
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with laughter.
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