One Whose Name Was Water by Ellen Chang-Richardson

This poem is a found poem, where the text of the poem is revealed by blacking out lines from an existing text.

Ellen Chang-Richardson (they/her) is an award-winning poet whose multi-genre writing has appeared in Room, third coast magazine, and Watch Your Head, among others. The co-founder of Riverbed Reading Series, founder of Little Birds Poetry, and a member of the poetry collective VII, Ellen currently lives and works on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. Find her online at