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261st Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 261st Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s book suggested.

Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today’s poem is from Hoa Nguyen’s As Long as Trees Last:

Independence Day 2010

Can be cracked or am that       you didn't
consider me or I thought so
recovering in a nap     You took the 4th
of July beers

   In the movie
she was Asian and playing an Asian
part   singing white on white in the white
room

      I want to strum
or mask this day

Ask a question
of the large “picture” window
like why and why and also why
to think of the napalmed girl
in the picture

What do you think?

  • Very odd structure. I think I agree with Harvee, though, about the poem being about a Vietnamese immigrant.

  • The price of freedom? Bitter at times…to a new immigrant from Vietnam.

    • I think you may be right about that…there is also a tinge of regret near the end.