Monday, April 30, 2018

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April 30, 2018


Tina Chang
Tina Chang reads "Astroturf."

About This Poem


"'Astroturf' is a poem from my forthcoming collection, Hybrida, a book that examines mixed race through the lens of motherhood. Through the hybrid forms of zuihitsu, prose poems, ekphrastic poems, lists, and lyric essays, the poems envision a childhood of mixed race as one often fraught with danger, collision of selves, and histories. 'Astroturf' contemplates the urgent tug between the young man who disappears and the boy about to be born."

—Tina Chang


Tina Chang's poetry collection Hybrida is forthcoming in May 2019 from W. W. Norton. She is also the author of Half-Lit Houses (Four Way Books, 2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books, 2011). She currently serves as Brooklyn Poet Laureate.


Poetry by Chang


Of Gods & Strangers

(Four Way Books, 2011)

"Transubstantiation" by Matthew Dickman


"The Dream of Shoji" by Kimiko Hahn


"Hours Days Years Unmoor Their Orbits" by Rachel Zucker


April Guest Editor: Tracy K. Smith


Thanks to Tracy K. Smith, current United States poet laureate and author of Wade in the Water (Graywolf Press, 2018), who curated Poem-a-Day this month. Read more about Smith and our guest editors for the year.

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"Astroturf" by Tina Chang