NaPoWriMo Day 16: Letter-Writing Poem

I’ve been swamped and missed the last few days of NaPoWriMo.

Today’s prompt:

Today I challenge you to take your inspiration, like our featured interviewee did in the chapbook she co-authored with Ross Gay, from the act of letter-writing. Your poem can be in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence.

My answer to the prompt is an attempt to write kind of in the style of a Chinese poet, inspired by a misspelling on a Chinese letterhead.

Letter from a Friend

‘Massage for you’

–Letterhead from Taipei

A hand
from the envelope
touches my back
my shoulders
my neck

your words
like a gentle massage
erase the aches
of a day
away from friends


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