Life and Death of a Palm Tree


This poem is part of the Portuguese series, and it was never published before. My guess is that this poem is an attempt to locate my pronouns, but not so much as a gender concern, and rather as my relationship to differences in language and how its shifts forces one to slide through different positions in other to include others in the world.

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Desirée Jung

Desirée Jung is a poet from Vancouver, Canada. She has published translations, poetry, and fiction in several magazines around the world. She has also participated in several artist residencies. Her education includes a film degree from Vancouver Film School, a BFA in Creative Writing, an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Comparative Literature, all from the University of British Columbia. Writing, for her, is a hopeless attempt to capture light, in a constant desire for sunshine. Her most recent work, a series of video poems about memory, landscape and what is not all out there, can be seen in @readmydesire or in her website: www.desireejung.com