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Cynthia Dewi Oka

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 Cynthia Dewi Oka. Photo credit: Cathie Berrey-Green.

Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Salvage, forthcoming this month from Northwestern University Press. She is a community organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia and lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.

by this poet

Behind disinfected curtains,
           beyond touch of sunrise
devouring the terrible gold

           of leaves, a man could be
his own eternal night. City
           flattened to rubble, his

surviving height a black flight
           of notes: the chip-toothed
blade and oldest anesthetic.