As Venus Stations Retrograde

As Venus Stations Retrograde
Wendy Chin-Tanner

silver moon
sliver spoon
kindness of

slow summer
dawn who blooms

shredding night
shedding darkness

up she stares
at mother’s

face great dark
sky her skin
flecked with stars


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.


“As Venus Stations Retrograde” by Wendy Chin-Tanner originally appeared in NDQ 84.3-4 (2018).

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