A Korean Birth Mother’s Name

as I know


all mothers must, this pain

becomes an even-handed story


told over gin, yolk,


and crushed rose,

wild abandonment—Sara, may I call you that?


you weren’t mindless.


We’re both





flowers in Yeonggwang—it’s the part of the country


our people can’t find



cherry blossoms

are everywhere.


But I grow easily.



Bo Schwabacher’s poems have appeared in CutBank, diode, Muzzle, Redivider, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Rust+Moth, Vinyl, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, A Korean Bathhouse in Dream City, is being released by YesYes Books. She teaches at Northern Arizona University.