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Found Poem By Zhang Sophie Zihan_3F


Learn the way with amputations and

a body recently reformed,

pillowed breasts are unappreciated,

roundness is deformed

Build yourself a body

artificial, nicely physical

beyond the glass, the bathroom sink,

empty yourself, it’s only logical

Filled with garbage and stones

you’re many sizes too big

for those delicate little glass slippers,

can’t pull them off if you’re a pig

Smile at yourself down from heaven,

your body finally reformed

but remember to hide your scar-ridged back

Congrats, you’ve been reborn.

Adapted from:

Agha Shahid Ali. “The Wolf's Postscript to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.” A Walk Through the Yellow Pages. SUN-Gemini Press, 1987.

Fanthorpe, U.A. “Not my Best Side.” Selected Poems. Enitharmon Press, 2014.

Howe, Sarah. “Tame.” Loop of Jade. Chatto & Windus, 2015.

Ng Yi-Sheng. “Ne Zha.” Last Boy. Firstfruits Publications, 2006.

Sexton, Anne. “Cinderella.” Transformations. Mariner Books, 1971.

Yolen, Jane. “Fat is not a Fairytale.” Such a Pretty Face: Tales of Power and Abundance, edited by Lee Martindale, Meisha Merlin Publishing, 2000.

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