Harvest Moon

By Wendy Chin-Tanner


After the midnight feeding,
breath sweet and easy with milk,
she curls into a comma,
like an embryo still in the night,
while slowly letting go,
I creep across the cool floorboards
back to the big bed.
He holds the duvet open
as chilled, pressing against
the warm bowl of his stomach,
I remember my mother’s sachets of rice
wrapped hot in clean white handkerchiefs,
how she rolled the steaming bundles
round and redolent with jasmine
over my bellyaches,
the comfort of that yielding heat,
and turning my ear to him,
I hear the faint murmur
of his resting heart,
and beyond us, faceless,
tumescent with light,
the moon is yellow as a sun
over the high swollen tide;
it burns through the window
my unclosing eyes.

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Wendy Chin-Tanner WENDY CHIN-TANNER is a Poetry Editor at The Nervous Breakdown, a Founding Editor at Kin Poetry Journal, and serves as Staff Interviewer at Lantern Review. Her first full-length collection, "Turn," is forthcoming at Sibling Rivalry Press in March, 2014 and her poetry can be found in such journals as The Saint Ann's Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Praxilla, Melusine, Mascara Literary Review, Softblow, The Raintown Review, Umbrella, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. She is a founding member of The Stanza Massive poetry/media collective.

Though she is a native of Brooklyn, NY, Wendy was educated at Cambridge University, UK in English Literature and Sociology, and at The University of London in Photography. She continues to teach undergraduate sociology online for Cambridge University, specializing in discourse analysis, postcolonialism, orientalism, cultural production, alterity, identity politics, and media. In 2005, Wendy co-founded A Wave Blue World, an independent comics and graphic novel publishing company with her husband, graphic novelist Tyler Chin-Tanner. Their titles include "Adrenaline" and "American Terrorist". The Chin-Tanners live in Portland, Oregon with their daughter Madeleine.

5 Responses to “Harvest Moon”

  1. Judy Prince says:

    Gorgeous, Wendy!

  2. Such beautiful work, Wendy. So glad you came into the TNB fold.

  3. Gloria Harrison says:

    This made me cry. So beautiful.

  4. Ashley Menchaca (NOlady) says:

    Very beautiful.
    Love it all.

  5. Kate McGregor-Stewart says:

    Very substantial verse about something so transcendent and fleeting. Beautiful

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