“For the Child(ren) I Cannot Carry” by Cynthia Dewi Oka (Poetry ’19)

Poetry alumn Cynthia Dewi Oka was recently featured in The Atlantic. Read an excerpt of “For the Child(ren) I Cannot Carry” below:

For the Child(ren) I Cannot Carry

Because “a better life” is the immigrant’s most stubborn
illusion, I wanted a do-over. Other versions behind (beside)

me like so many costumes (countries). That one: the pink-
jacketed girl sweeping her tambourine under a dome

Continue reading here: Cynthia Dewi Oka | The Atlantic