Being Published

My poem Sacrifice was recently included in two anthologies:  Live Poets @ Don Bank’s 25th Anniversary Anthology: ‘Can I Tell You a Secret?’ by Ginninderra Press and Royal North Shore Hospital’s book on ageing.

Live Poets’ organiser offers a discount to contributors, $20 instead of $3o I think, and Dr. Sue Ogle offered a payment of $60.  I declined both offers.  Sacrifice has been published before, in Five Bells magazine by Poets Union.

Dr. Ogle has kindly sent me a complimentary copy of Falling and Flying Poems on Ageing as Poets Union did with Five Bells but I will not be purchasing Can I tell you a Secret.  It’s a matter of principle though unlike my friend the professional journalist who advised never write for free, as a poet I have no trouble doing so for nonprofits, for charity, for friends and readers of my blog.

So here, again, is my poem Sacrifice:


Grandma says

Ashes from incense

Make the finest talc

Perfect for suffocation

There is the river

But a woman must do it

In that big bronze basin

In front of the family altar

Those tablets carved with

Names of male ancestors and

That thick register of male births

These things bear witness to

A woman’s burden

Her guilt of bearing

A worthless


(c) Mary Tang 2015





About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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9 Responses to Being Published

  1. Cynthia says:

    Yes, so very powerful. Stark, chilling and hopelessly sad.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. robert okaji says:

    Wow. Stunning, Mary.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jan Schaper says:

    Written to the point, Mary. I like your directness and imagery. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Laurie Graves says:

    Congrats! A very powerful poem.

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