Chenou Liu

Immigration Tanka - Poem by Chenou Liu

English teacher said
Just wipe 'I used to be....'
out of your mind
walking home alone
face-to-face with falling snow

Poet's Notes about The Poem

the third tanka in the sequence, Politics/Poetics of Re-Homing

Note: Based on the principles of progression and association employed in Japanese court poetry (for more information, see 'To the Lighthouse: Principles of Progression and Association in Tanka Sequences, ' http: // , Politics/Poetics of Re-Homing is first English language tanka sequence about diasporic experiences. In the sequence, I adopt an intersectional approach to exploring a wide range of issues related to immigration, English learning, racialized identity, racism, job seeking, colonization, acculturation,...etc. You can read the whole sequence, http: //

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 5, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 29, 2013

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