A Long Dress

by Anna Yin

Anna Yin is Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets. She has authored six books of poetry including Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac (Black Moss, 2015) and Inhaling the Silence (Mosaic Press, 2013). She won several poetry awards such as the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, the 2010/2014 MARTY Literary Arts Awards, and others. Her poems have appeared on CBC RadioNew York TimesArc Poetry, China Daily, and World Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches poetry through “Poetry Alive” workshops and the Poets in the Schools program. Find more on her website.

After Gertrude Stein

You try to make sense
among the invisible threads.
You fear to crackle Heaven
with violence—
the code is under the grey ground
no one can rise to answer.
A line distinguishes it.

What is the wind?
What is it?
A hurt color and blind glasses …
Voices are lost in the cornfield
where ears have been cut off.
A line just distinguishes it.

Is a long dress to address the necessary
Promise or to edge the breaking news?
A line will distinguish it.
A line must distinguish it.

 


Anna Yin is Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets. She has authored six books of poetry including Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac (Black Moss, 2015) and Inhaling the Silence (Mosaic Press, 2013). She won several poetry awards such as the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, the 2010/2014 MARTY Literary Arts Awards, and others. Her poems have appeared on CBC RadioNew York TimesArc Poetry, China Daily, and World Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches poetry through “Poetry Alive” workshops and the Poets in the Schools program. Find more on her website.

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