Cathy Song Poems

Cathy Song is a Hawaiian poet whose work often delves into her identity. Her poems are rich in their use of imagery and skilled in their narrative composition. Her first volume of poetry won the 1982 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award.

Lost Sister

by Cathy Song

‘Lost Sister’ by Cathy Song is a powerful exploration of Chinese cultural identity and what it’s like to immigrate to a new country. 

Cathy Song’s poetry is rooted in cross-cultural experiences, familial bonds, and personal journeys, as exemplified in 'Lost Sister.' This piece showcases her unique lens, focusing on the Chinese-American experience, and combines a deeply personal narrative with broader social themes.

In China,

even the peasants

named their first daughters


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