Four Way Books
Of Gods & Strangers
by Tina Chang

ISBN: 978-1-935536-17-8
paper, 100 pages, $15.95



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Last night I found my face below
the water in my cupped hands.

The mask made of copper and bone
criss-crossing to make a smirk,

a false glamour, a plated glaze.
I unwound myself from the heavy

machinery of my body's burden.
The lute, the light, chime.

I'll get up and partner myself
with music, the purple moon

peeling itself like a plum.
Men stand in a circle and

they will ask and ask again.
I want to pick the thick bud,

to lose myself in the body's
posture bending in or away, to let

my majesty and birthright go
and gesture toward a waking life.