Second Marriage

Esther Lin

In circumstances of love,I am abject; myhusband insists hemust be abject: I left.Tourists and horseshoecrabs converge on the beach.The tourists clapwhen the crabs mate.I am abject. The sunwatches us watch the crabs.Wan, disapproving spousal gaze!By instinct—one I mustdevelop—some womenhave known not to marry.

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Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. Her book Cold Thief Place is the winner of the 2023 Alice James Award, forthcoming in March 2025. She is also the author of The Ghost Wife (PSA 2018). Most recently, she was an artist-resident at the T. S. Eliot House and Cité Internationale, Paris. She was a 2019–20 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown; a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow. Currently she co-organizes the Undocupoets, which promotes the work of undocumented poets and raises consciousness about the structural barriers they face in the literary community.

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