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Li-Young Lee

Persimmons In sixth grade Mrs. Walker slapped the back of my head and made me stand in the corner    for not knowing the difference    between persimmon and precision.    How to choose persimmons. This is precision. Ripe ones are soft and brown-spotted.    Sniff the bottoms. The sweet one will be fragrant. How… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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Li-Young Lee

Donna undresses, her stomach is white. In the yard, dewy and shivering with crickets, we lie naked, face-up, face-down. I teach her Chinese. Crickets: chiu chiu. Dew: I’ve forgotten. Naked: I’ve forgotten. Ni, wo: you and me. I part her legs, remember to tell her she is beautiful as the moon. — Li-Young Lee, from “Persimmons,”… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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