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Mourning in a second language


The death moan

cuts through generations.

The howl of her Chinese ancestors.

A cool night on the boundary of summer.

All she can say is,

She was nice to me.

-- Joe Clark

Joe Clark lives in Oakland and is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English writing and religious studies. He won second place in poetry in the Writer's Cafe contest sponsored by the Pitt Writing Center. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.

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