efflorescence

United States

16 | INFJ | ♀️| massachusetts

[ summer + fall 2019 ] peer ambassador

just a melancholy, existential girl with a penchant for poetry, fairy tales, and magical realism.

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if you see a piece get unpublished, it's probably because I've submitted it to a lit mag, contest, etc! sorry :)

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efflorescence (United States) liked june wtw highlights by Anha (Australia)

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efflorescence (United States) liked growing pains / storm in a teacup by aosora (United Arab Emirates)

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efflorescence (United States) published:

sericulture mother

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the other girls call me 留守儿
    left behind
because 妈妈 packed her bags with blouses and promises
        caught the train to 杭州
and shed a single lotus petal tear
            as she said goodbye in a cloud of grime and grit.
i unfurled my love-lost hands, imbibed her crumpled sorrow:
                 加油,我的爱
but the greedy hands unspooling my ratty pigtails
                     knocking my knees against the humid silt
and...

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efflorescence (United States) liked elegant daughter of asia by sunny.v (United States)

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efflorescence (United States) published:

Elegy for the Gorgons

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There are sixteen statues reposed on my chest.
So call me a museum, call me

Medusa. Call me dead girl calcifying
her own skeleton into oblivion. My heart

a sailing stone, these veins
its ossified impressions. The showerhead 

weeps scalding tears that sculpt 
my slantwise cheeks. See how marble busts

transfigure their skin into blades, all the better
to carve themselves reborn. Plastic surgery

learned its perfectionism from us.
Dead girls preserved 

by society’s white-hot stares. Effigies
of acid rain...
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efflorescence (United States) liked refuge, in definitions of us by naomi ling (United States)

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efflorescence (United States) published:

Addressed to my Father:

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You cradle my girlhood to your chest.
        (Yes, I’m fragile. Do you mind my brittleness?)
I don’t write about you very often, I apologize
        
        in correspondence cached beneath your bedroom door.
        It’s painless to untangle my femininity from my mother, 

but your fingernails are a magnet for my resistance.
    I wrench my youth from your red-chapped hands.

Teeth spill forth.

        The ones you collected on your pen as you gave me the tooth fairy.
                (Did I ever say...

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about 2 months ago

efflorescence (United States) liked an anthology of being caged by chrysanthemums&ink (United States)

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