December 16, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Yoong Publishes Poem, ‘Citrus Reticulata’

Doctoral Student Regina Yoong, portrait outdoors

Doctoral Student Regina Yoong

Regina Yoong, a Ph.D. student in Literature, published one of her recent poems, a piece titled “Citrus Reticulata 橘子.” The poem closely examines the image of a mandarin orange alongside the speaker’s recollections of her father.

Yoong writes near the end of the poem:

Unteach me the ways of peeling,

of knowing something,

as I mourn the unfolding of the rinds,

as I mourn you,

as my hand reels and reeks of fermented peels,

fisted, clenched into a tangerine,

against your empty hands.

You, calling and calling for my return.

“Citrus Reticulata” appears in the Fall 2018 issue of Infinite Rust and is available to read via the journal’s website. Yoong’s poems have also appeared in The Underground.

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