Coming of the August Grandchild

By Brandon Shimoda Brandon Shimoda
Not even the males and the men of the males
make use of their pinched tongues
to sing, not even the females
and the women of the females, corollas stemmed to spray on end
sing their ruddy stones
 
 
The males and the men of the males
feel the sea
the ranch and the wheat, rice ears
 
 
polyglottal weddings
                                      unseasonable lips
 
                     one body to the next
 
 
Indigenes displaced by indigenes displaced
wherein the ranchlands, then the fields of wheat, burn to the crust
 
 
The choice between taking the flowers-of-the-trees-
to-blossom and the long-as-the-rocks
always lands on the flowers-of-the-trees-
to blossom—
 
                               bouquet thrown hurriedly into the sun

Brandon Shimoda, “Coming of the August Grandchild” from O Bon. Copyright © 2011 by Brandon Shimoda. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: O Bon (Litmus Press, 2011)

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Poet Brandon Shimoda

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Poet Brandon Shimoda was born in California and grew up in Connecticut. He earned a BA at Sarah Lawrence University and an MFA at the University of Montana. His collections of poetry include The Girl Without Arms (2011) and The Alps (2008).
 
Shimoda’s work weaves together personal and historical journeys, ruined landscapes, and innovative writing techniques. Publishers Weekly described the poems in The Girl Without Arms as . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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