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Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), which won the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award, among other honors. She is the executive director of Kundiman and lives in Reno, Nevada.

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Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), which won the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award, among other honors.

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There is the rain, the odor of fresh earth, and you, 
        grandmother, 
	in a box. I bury the distance, 22 years of not meeting you 
		and your ruined hands. 

I bury your hair, parted to the side and pinned back, 
        	your áo dài of crushed velvet, 
		the
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I stand behind a one-way mirror.
My father sits in a room
interrogating himself. Bright bulb
shining like the idea
of a daughter.
 
—
 
It looked just like the real
thing. The helicopters, the fields,
the smoke which rose in colors,
the bullets blank, but too real.
Coppola yells Action and we
drag slowly
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