Marilyn Chin

Marilyn Chin Poems

1. Altar 10/21/2015
2. Millennium, Six Songs 12/12/2015
3. One Child Has Brown Eyes 1/15/2016
4. Horse Horse Hyphen Hyphen 2/10/2015
5. How I Got That Name 1/20/2003
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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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