One Sister Sees X, the Other Sees Y
There are times I envy art’s effectiveness in a bilingual context, its ability to transcend language.
Ways of Seeing
Remember, your daddy can see everything
One eye sees, the other feels
I see just fine without you, thanks.
The eye you see is not/an eye because you see it;/it is an eye because it sees you.
the only one who can see
Did someone die? Are you trying to kill me?
You spoke 100% in Chinese! 100%!100% in Chinese
One sister sees , the other sees .
Jennifer Tseng is the author of three award-winning poetry collections; a collection of flash fiction, The Passion of Woo & Isolde, a Firecracker Award finalist & winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and a novel, Mayumi & the Sea of Happiness, finalist for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction & the New England Book Award. A Core Faculty member of OSU-Cascades' Low Residency MFA program, she lives on Martha's Vineyard.
Jennifer & her sister Amanda collaborate on Instagram @tseng.sisters.
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