Carried From Here

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Tsering Wangmo Dhompa grew up in the Tibetan communities of India and Nepal, and moved to the United States to attend college and graduate school. Her collection of poems, Rules of the House, the first book of poetry published in English by a Tibetan woman, describes her coming-of-age during the Tibetan diaspora.

Due to early monsoon rain, Saturday’s class is dismissed. Seven nuns abandon their books on the roof.

Raindrops, I say in English. They want to learn functional words: immediately, enlightenment, conversion.

A man pisses outside the window. He draws a perfect square on the wall, then sticks his tongue out at us.

Night brings its night talk. Yeshe hides her face behind her robes, asks for a precise translation of masturbation.

Stars are motionless on the street. We squat in the dark and learn to count.

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