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to challenge sleep to go against
the one-eyed god
of  victimhood:
Polyphemus by way of  Redon

rising, open eye ripe
with stupid gazing.
How dare you look at me?
plural tense: now and then, to bed and back again and

one more war.
The oral rinse of moral sense can lift the fence
of expectation, expand the dome

of  tolerance. I, too, arose from
the unthinkable, used to Nobody
responding loud as circumstance.

Source: Poetry (April 2013)

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  • Anna Maria Hong earned a BA in philosophy at Yale University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. Her poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including 250 Poems: A Portable Anthology (2012) and The Best American Poetry 2013.
    Hong served as a Bunting Fellow in Poetry at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2010-2011 and has received residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Fundación Valparaíso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen.
    Hong is the editor of Growing Up Asian American (1995), an anthology of fiction and memoir. Her current work includes a collection of sonnets titled The Glass Age, and an ongoing collaboration with the Chicago-based composer Christopher Wendell Jones on a song series called The New Madrigals. She teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and at Ursinus College.
     

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