How to Build an American Home

Jennifer S. Cheng

                                     A family does its fieldwork in the undersides.

She played beneath the kitchen table imagining its legs as the ribcage

of a whale.

                   Keep the stock full. Stay your head even. Hold the loose ends.

Pressed against the colossal heartbeat: a warm thunder.

Held between two skeins, the air becomes a cradle.

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