Wendy Chin-Tanner

bright daughter

now Chiron’s
in Pisces

full circle
of winter
stars again

circling it
will not stop
breath of wood

leaf rot rock
the rushing
water cold

wisps of day
light cobwebs
in her hair


Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collection Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, and poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown. A former academic specializing in race, identity, and culture, she continues to write and educate on these topics. Some of her essays and poems can be found at xoJane, Alternet, The Huffington Post, ApogeeRHINO Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. Wendy was born and raised in New York City and educated at Cambridge University. She is the mother of two daughters and the proud daughter of immigrants.


“Filigree” by Wendy Chin-Tanner originally appeared in NDQ 84.3-4 (2018).

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