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From Shireen Madon:

September 22, 2017

They pull roses

from your mouth,

thorns intact.

You wear a beautiful

story.

You mistook a ghost

for a deity,

lost count of your wars,

and now you are gone, too.

– from Poem after Zinaida Serebriakova’s Young Woman in Profile, Marrakesh, 1932, from Asian American Writers’ Workshop

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