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Mia You

Mia You is the author of I, Too, Dislike It (1913 Press, 2016). She is an editor at Stichting Perdu and teaches at the University of Groningen. She lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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would you be a lender
if it coincided with war

could you be sure your tenderness
came from more than envy

should you have amended
those rules that bound you


would you have descended
from behind that leaden war

could you foresee

how slender my heart
should you then doubt

my fear of deep intention
would you be more

than the commended old wrong
would you be still

my song of snow in sight

would you be

                the provision in the sky

would you know more

                than a law a weight
                a mended wall that wood

                            that night?