Academic journal article Field

Cento

Academic journal article Field

Cento

Article excerpt

I was the young girl with moon lipstick

on the scooter

I was breaking eggs everywhere.

I yelled NA SA REALI KO

because I saw it in movies

and it was my mother tongue.

I made a cookbook for my mothers.

I couldn't see the date and then I could.

It meant that I was seventeen

and I was trying to cook for everyone.

I said rich-mond

because I was new to this country.

I picked up a melon and I was confused

because I said to it Asian faces.

I said he's dead and there is no justice

and I get that there maybe never can be

but there is a lot of anger.

And I threw the melon.

I was finishing a tedious task.

I was correcting grammar,

or weaving a shawl,

or peeling a thousand parsnips.

Because I could. …

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