To celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in May—and the rich tradition of Asian/Pacific American poetry all year long—browse this selection of poems. “”

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I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party” by Chen Chen
In the invitation, I tell them for the seventeenth time...
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The Floral Apron” by Marilyn Chin
The woman wore a floral apron around her neck...

Poem Full of Worry Ending with My Birth” by Tarfia Faizullah
I worry that my friends...

The Dream of Shoji” by Kimiko Hahn
How to say milk? How to say sand, snow, sow…

"From Blossoms" by Li-Young Lee
From blossoms comes...
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I Ask My Mother to Sing” by Li-Young Lee
She begins, and my grandmother joins her…
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Amphibians” by Joseph O. Legaspi
Amphibians live in both…
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Resurrection” by Sally Wen Mao
In the autumn I moved to New York…

Things We Carry on the Sea” by Wang Ping
We carry tears in our eyes: good-bye father, good-bye mother...
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Again, She Tells the First Story” by Barbara Jane Reyes
Once, then there was no light…

Peaches” by Adrienne Su
A crate of peaches straight from the farm…
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"Unpacking a Globe" by Arthur Sze
I gaze at the Pacific and don't expect...
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Archipelagic” by R. A. Villanueva
Not vinegar. Not acid. Not…

Kissing in Vietnamese” by Ocean Vuong
My grandmother kisses…
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Naturalization” by Jenny Xie
His tongue shorn, father confuses…

"Music from Childhood" by John Yau 
You grow up hearing two languages...


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