“A Natural History of My White Girl” – Ching-In Chen

cream city review Editor Ching-In Chen’s “A Natural History of My White Girl” was a featured poem this week on “Poem a Day” (http://bit.ly/1x19MmF).

Chen says the following about her poem:

A Natural History of My White Girl’ started as a challenge from Gregory Pardlo—to write to the ghost in the room, one which I always secretly imagined lived under the surface of my life, morphing through the television screen of my childhood, through the laughter of the children in my elementary school who couldn’t pronounce my name. Ultimately, this poem is about growing compassion for myself and for the ghosts I imagined kept me company, whose stories I inherited.