POETRY

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GOLDFISH  by LILY WANG (United States)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

for two cents, the man
answering will reach into the ocean
open another sail & draw

4AM BRITISH SUMMER TIME by BETHANY ADDO-SMITH (United Kingdom)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

I drink the elderflower air,
poured by the 4am sky,
untouched by eyes.

JEEPNEY SMOKE  by CHRIS LIM (The Philippines)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

Jeepney smoke seeps through the iron rail
to keep him bloodshot. He burrows in the neck
of his shirt, already coughing.

IMMIGRANT GOES BACK  by NEERAJA KUMAR (India)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

Why does the sky appear black from the airplane
even though it’s sweltering noon on the ground?

POCKETS OF CITY  by TIFFANY LEONG (United States)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

I knew Chinatown best on Saturdays,
the November kind:

FADED MEMORY  by AALIYAH JALEEL (Canada)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

I remember
That sun-kissed evening in 1914,
The sky met the horizon melting blue and green.

AMONG THE MEADOWS  by ROSIE JONES (Wales)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

Below/ the cherry blossom clouds—amongst the bowing heads—of daisies and—the beat of bees

LIBRARY  by LAUREN TEH (United Arab Emirates)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

Soft sliding susurrations, light lift of page,
A sigh, a huff, a breath, murmurs in the murky quiet,

Rustling, shuffling, low thunder of a rolling ladder.

THAT'S WHAT THE TUI SAID by OLIVIA GOLDSMITH (New Zealand)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

"Quark querk arck erk"
That’s what the tui* said.

PATTER TO PETRICHOR  by SANSINDIE SUBASINGHE (Sri Lanka)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

It begins with patter, like the impatient tap
of painted nails, the rain thrums on the roof.

ODE TO A CURTAIN by NURA OROOJI (South Africa)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

Waterfalls of cream and white
with leafy laced foam,
how you flutter in the breeze with not a sound or a moan.

TO TRINIDAD  by IZRAHMAE SUICO (The Philippines)

Issue 3.2   July 2021

Today, nature is fit in an open, square bus window with Mama obstructing the moving, alfresco greenery.