“More Than One”

A Poem by Amang

September 11, 2020  By Amang 

More than one
is more than
my piggy bank of secrets can hold
more than one
is more weight than this day can bear
more than one:
I’m brimming
with mes
no more the “I’m eating”
“I’m walking,”“I’m sleeping”
the me you know—the me in the jar—
is a sham
so don’t believe a word she says
bones within bones, flesh enfleshed
heavy-petaled, double-petaled roses

leave the garden too conning, the bees weaving
what a labor this will be—O, not me!
heavy with child
a score of hours
score of months
score of years
nothing ever born from this
not a single drop of rain
not a single drop
though the sky is lled with towering nimbi, anvils
by merely being more than one
more than one
more than one
wily fetus
living oother lives
curled inside the womb of the womb


From Raised by Wolves: Poems and Conversations by Amang. Used with the permission of the publisher, Deep Vellum. Translation copyright © 2020 by Steve Bradbury.

Amang was born and raised on the scenic east coast of Taiwan. She is the author of four volumes of verse. Her work has appeared in various print and online journals in Asia and the United States. An avid blogger and mountaineer, Amang makes video documentaries and "video poems." Her first documentary, Express Mail, Address Unknown, was featured at the 2011 Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan. Poetry film Hot Spring Museum screened for one month at Beitou Hot Spring Museum. Poetry films Amniotic Fluid, oceans apart and MORE THAN ONE screened online by AXW Film Festival.

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