All questions are mandatory. Given:
mandarin (peels into a circle of similar sized selves)
Mandarin (language you speak at home)
Mandarin (you don’t know how to respond to the Cantonese lady at the bakery)
English (language you speak everywhere else)
English (class you loved second most)
High Potential Individuals on the B63, we calculate
cumulative grade point averages (GPA).
Swallow raw heat & let it take root.
intersection of A & B: It is June and I am tired of being brave.1
Ø: lacking A or B, this particular quality is nonexistent.
Scoop the insides of an overlapping circle and get eye-shaped
emptiness. I’m trying really hard to be good at this
Let warmth wipe your brows from the inside. On the street corner
of 5th Ave, I always thought the world was a single line drawn
from your home to mine. It’s June and I’m trying to be honest.
By Helen Chen
Helen (she/her/她) is a Chinese-American writer based in NYC. Her works are featured/forthcoming in 45th Parallel, Lumiere Review, Beaver Magazine, and others.
- [“It is June and I am trying to be brave.”] comes from Anne Sexton’s poem “The Truth the Dead Know