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Ellen Carter
Published: Fri Oct 15 1976
Art: Paul TheriaultEver New (detail), 2022, acrylic and found paper on scavenged wood
the red and orange of your dress

the pink silk of your hands
reminds me of the colors
she was

I am Japanese

your face is like hers
the black hair cut closely to your ears

_                                          _we were Japanese
_                                          _my fifth birthday
_                                          _she made me a kimono

_                                          _to match the one she wore
_                                          _for ceremonials and feasts

_                    _she folded yellow birds
_                    _from a smooth and shiny paper

_                    _strung them high above my bed

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Ellen Carter is now working as an Editorial Assistant on John Hopkins’ Alumni magazine. (updated 1976)

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