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.