It's not that the rains have rolled back up to the ceiling. It's not that the frost has stopped flirting with the dunegrass. My mother's eyes are glass: she writes me what she sees there. Duck waddling highway, sideways raccoon pus, mutant sunflower with a yen for fertilizer. She has no time for wordshit
Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009). A Callaloo, Kundiman, and Lambda Fellow, they have been awarded residencies and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. They are currently completing their PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.