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Lituo Huang "LEFTOVERS"

Watch these Americans, my father says to me.

How wasteful they are. We are Chinese.

We use everything.


Plastic bags for trash,

restaurants pats of butter for our breakfast,

hot dog buns for school lunch,

yard sales for new clothes,

children for security in old age,

pride for solace,

work for love,

silence for apology.


I use your pain for my material,

Father, are you proud of me yet?

Bio: Lituo Huang writes in Los Angeles. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in JMWW, the VIDA Review, Hermine, and elsewhere. She is at work on her first novel. Twitter: @LituoH

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