Marianne Chan
Marianne Chan Marianne Chan grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, and Lansing, Michigan. Her poetry collection all heathens is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in 2020. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, BOAAT, West Branch, The Rumpus, and others. She has been nominated for Best New Poets and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Tallahassee, FL, and works as poetry editor for Split Lip Magazine.

Something Borrowed

The names of orbits, the names of Uncles, the names of plants all memorized or gathered or buried with the seeds. I have never grown weary of reading the labels of spices, ingredients of a potion, desert trees. Never grown tired of counting the seconds between lightning and its boom, the gongs...

On Eroticism at Thirty

First: the piano. Then, the imagination. Imagine a five-minute drive to the water. Then, a violin, a slice of gala, the chill behind the vents. Not mine, but someone’s someone behind the window. Then, imagine mine. It is all about simultaneity, all about simulacrum, the man clearing the table after dinner is...