August brings us a poem by Janine Joseph, recent recipient of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. This poem, "Chain Migration," is a nostalgic look at childhood, imagination, and the tender relationship between siblings.
--Karissa Chen, Fiction & Poetry Editor
He wanted nothing more than to punch me out of his room
for sneaking in and rifling the toy box, but didn’t—
not a sway out of him—because he felt sorry
I didn’t have any friends. Then he took
our mom’s bobby pins in his hands and bent them back
into anchors, small black bobbyhooks
for Turtle fishing, he said, and tossed Donatello
and Michelangelo from the top bunk while I tackled
makeshift monofilament through the eyes of the turtlehooks.
How long did it take me to snag Leonardo?
How long was I almost capsizing the bunkboat?
He was so good at sinking his line, at aiming just right
so every cast was a ninja star into their turtlebacks.
It was merely hardwood water between them and me
and when he unreeled me over the rail by my belt loops,
he whispered, get-set-go—