Maw Shein Win


We venture through tunnels under city.
Wear faux fur coats & felt gloves to fend off damp
& manage to survive.
Small fern fronds sleep underfoot.

We burn candles to read maps.
Fear air & skin.
Hide bottles of vodka under subway tracks.
Children quiver in pink muddy boots.

We share found fruit & tubs of butter.
We think this may end.
We wrap black masks around our mouths.
Sirens sound from above.

0-3MAW SHEIN WIN’s poetry chapbooks include Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016-2018). Her second full-length poetry collection, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020.

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