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Thursday, June 20, 2013


What kind of disciple
is the girl who learned

how to splint her own 
spine? Who can teach her

anything more about 
the pliability of bone?

Where is the day she stood 
in the nave of a church

overlooking a sea and found
in herself the ancient hymn

of oceanwater? Where is
the room large enough

to reveal to her this thin
peril between land

and water, between
the crooked tilt of her

body and the salted panic
of waves from which it rises?

  • Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her other honors include fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Kundiman, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is an editor at The Asian American Literary Review.