Marilyn Chin


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  • ugandan knuckles (1/12/2018 5:23:00 PM)

    no 'american rain'? ? ? ? wow..........

  • ugandan knuckles (1/12/2018 5:22:00 PM)

    No AMERICAN RAIN? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? / wow, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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How I Got That Name

I am Marilyn Mei Ling Chin
Oh, how I love the resoluteness
of that first person singular
followed by that stalwart indicative
of "be," without the uncertain i-n-g
of "becoming."Of course,
the name had been changed
somewhere between Angel Island and the sea,
when my father the paperson
in the late 1950s
obsessed with a bombshell blond
transliterated "Mei Ling" to "Marilyn."
And nobody dared question
his initial impulse--for we all know
lust drove men to greatness,
not goodness, not decency.
And there I was, ...

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