It didn’t take me long to fall for you

what the ethereal eye beholds

in ascension
half moon crescent earth

O media luna
de manteca

my secret sin that i devour whenever

durante las noches sueño de tu cuerpo
feathery body waiting for me

(yet really wanting to forget you)

how easily you break away
into lithe fibers the way i break
away from this life

you melt in my mouth dos ríos
en un desierto

una media luna
crossing une croissante en el cielo

rising when the sun sets

swathed in sublime butter light

delectable crust warm interior fazing into air
del orno

mi boca en tu boca
mis ojos en tus ojos

how easily you give way to your precious inside

how your wings fly

in my favorite café in Buenos Aires you come in threes
cada una delicada como
el rocío de la mañana

each an imperfect half moon

Internationally known multi-artist, poet, writer, painter, photographer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, dancer and teacher of the Argentine tango, Mộng-Lan left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, she is the author of eight books and chapbooks, the most recent of which is One Thousand Minds Brimming. Other books include Song of the Cicadas; Why is the Edge Always Windy?, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art; Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos (the bilingual Spanish-English edition); Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems (poetry & calligraphic art, chapbook); Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings (chapbook); and Force of the Heart: Tango, Art. Mong-Lan’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized to include being in Best American Poetry; The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize; Asian American Poetry: the Next Generation; Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton); and has appeared in leading American literary journals. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, she received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Her most recent poetry & jazz piano album, Dreaming Orchid: Poetry & Jazz Piano was just released. Visit:

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