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May Yang

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May Yang

May Yang is a first-generation Hmong-American artist, writer, and ethnographer from California. Writing under the persona HAUNTIE, she is the author of To Whitey and the Cracker Jack (Anhinga Press, 2017), which was selected by Evie Shockley for the 2016 Robert Dana Prize in Poetry. 

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by HAUNTIE
 
That I could be this human at this time
breathing, looking, seeing, smelling
 
That I could be this moment at this time
resting, calmly moving, feeling
 
That I could be this excellence at this time
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by HAUNTIE
 
i am straddling memory and the present tension
muscles turning into stone from the weight of time
how do you understand me in all of your knowing?
 
i am standing at crossroads
and there are many of them, one on top of the
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by HAUNTIE
 
This matters because i’ve lived on that side of life that you all have made for
me
 
partitioned
the orphaned one
 
i who carry the fire from your ashes, the chains of your people,