9 August 2013

burnt
         red on white
after a National Day hike
on our multiethnic
         multiracial isle
it is my piebald flesh
   that marks me as other
though draped
   in the same dual tones
of the flag
   splayed between two Chinooks
watching over the path as we trekked

Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a teacher, writer, researcher, and translator. She is the author of six volumes of poetry and a pair of travel guides for the cities of Suzhou and Shanghai. She has translated work from the Chinese for Penguin Books, Epigram Publishing, the National Library Board in Singapore, Giramondo Books, and Rinchen Books. Shelly’s poetry has appeared in journals, magazines, and websites around the world, as well as in several art exhibitions, including dark ’til dawn, Things That Disappear, and Studio White • Exhibition 2011. You can visit her website at http://shellybryant.com.

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