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Emerging BIWOC Poet Spotlight 
May 2021 Poet: Sue Hyon Bae


When you immigrate to our land, you must learn our language.
We do not say my. My parents do not exist,
nor my husband, my children, my house,
my family, my country. We are one people. Therefore, 
you must tell me about our mother’s health, and I’ll reply
with our mother’s new doctor. Together 
we’ll manage the mathematical business
of marrying our son and our daughter. Will our family buy them 
a new house in our neighborhood? Yes. We’ll tell our grandchildren
our folk tales. Oh, the tiger is coming down the mountain
to carry away our baby by the neck. Oh, our military keeps us safe
from communism. Oh, our brother has died shamefully, 
so we erase him. When you’ve replaced your foreign clothes 
with better ones, you won’t notice how our tongues mimic
the shapes of our alphabet. As long as we give ourselves away,
we have nothing to fear.
from Truce Country (Eyewear Publishing)

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