Cover Photo: On a black background, a motion blur photo of a woman dancing with her arms out and feet planted.
Photograph by Ahmad Odeh/Unsplash

Unlearning My Immigrant Mother’s Ideas of Beauty

Like many immigrant daughters, I’m of a lineage of women who didn’t put themselves first.

Don’t go out looking careless and disheveled like your American friends



You can keep it.

Patrycja Humienik, daughter of Polish immigrants, is a writer and editor based in Seattle, WA. Her poetry is featured/forthcoming in Waxwing, Ninth Letter, TriQuarterly, Southeast Review, Passages North, Poetry Northwest, among others. She serves as Events Director for The Seventh Wave and has developed writing workshops for the Henry Art Gallery, Write Doe Bay, Puksta Civic Engagement Foundation, in prisons, and elsewhere. She is working on her first book of poems, Anchor Baby. Find Patrycja on twitter @jej_sen.