November Poetry: "Girls" by Ansley Moon

Curated as part of the Adoptee Poetry Folio by Guest Editor Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello
November 9, 2017

This November, to recognize and honor National Adoption Awareness Month, I've invited adoptee poet Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello to curate a folio of poems by 10 Asian American adoptees. This page features “Girls” by Ansley Moon. I invite you to take a moment to read her moving introduction to the folio here, as well as the other nine poems in this collection.

— Eugenia Leigh, Poetry Editor


    After Monique Truong


What I know about you, little girl,
would break you in two

splinter you into memory,
your face a bloody rose on concrete.

Girl. Your body. Cataclysmic. Your body. Buried
under the dung floor.

We eat over your bones. We fuck
over your bones.


When you splinter a girl
she is half animal, half God.


I opened my legs and bore a beast

She was my third.
I will my body “No more girls.”


This piece was published as part of the November Adoptee Literature Folio. To see other works from the folio, please visit the table of contents here.


Ansley Moon

Ansley Moon is the author of the poetry collection, How to Bury the Dead (Black Coffee Press). She has been awarded fellowships and honors from Kundiman, Dickinson House and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.