By Wendy Chin-Tanner


I did not swallow
but held it
folded like a secret
in my mouth.


WENDY CHIN-TANNER is the author of Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, and co-author of American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World). Her poetry has been nominated for The Best of the Net Prize and the Pushcart Prize, and has been published at The Rumpus, Vinyl Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Huffington Post, RHINO Poetry, The Normal School, The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge, and elsewhere. She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, staff interviewer at Lantern Review, and co-founder of A Wave Blue World.

5 responses to “Shame”

  1. Hauntingly beautiful poem, Wendy. Glad to have you aboard TNB.

  2. Uche Ogbuji says:

    Yes, this an excellent example of packing a real punch with an utter economy of words.

  3. Amen guys, good stuff. This poem *was* before you even found it, Wendy.

  4. Wendy Chin-Tanner says:

    Thank you, Gentlemen! It’s truly great to be here at TNB.

  5. […] first encountered Wendy Chin-Tanner when she submitted a choice little poem for TNB.  In corresponding with her I came across A Wave Blue World, the Indie Comics company she […]

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