Chanson Douce

Sandra Lim

I hold a creamy little baby
to my chest. She assents to my embrace. I inquire
about my species: she has a look
of true, plain being.
She is need itself. Sucking. Crying.
Otherwise, her expression is basically
serious, and the devotion she summons, famously
brutal. Her mother would die for her,
the old, old story.Part of me watches the rest of me being
anxious, superior, and invaded
by longing. These rank weeds spring up
beside a curious sense
of sequel. I remember it sharply now: a little
time ago, wishing I had something
new, and the strain of it
nearly killing me. There was
no deeper meaning.

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Sandra Lim is the author of The Wilderness, selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Loveliest Grotesque. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.


Issue 33 – 2018

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Executive Editor
Dara Wier

Caryl Pagel, Emily Pettit

Managing Editor
Halie Theoharides

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