Poetry Pause x Poetry in Union: Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang – Make Lemonade

Poem author: Sarah yi-Mei Tsang Poem title: Make Lemonade Poem: Open your mouth. Let me pluck out your loosened teeth, a palm full of porous white clouds. Give me your hair, not the lock, but the root, the part that knows how to hold. Open your ribs, like Adam, part like the sea, like a virgin, bleeding. why are you crying? make a nest of your mouth, a forest of your bones, a ladder of your torn hair. it can’t be that hard. End of Poem. Copyright © Sarah yi-Mei Tsiang Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is a poet, children’s writer and teacher. Her books of poetry include Status Update (2013), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Sweet Devilry (2011), which won the Gerald Lampert Award. She was shortlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019 and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2018. She currently teaches creative writing through UBC’s optional residency MFA program.