Each issue we feature the work of Asian female writers all over the world. Here are this issue’s poems:
Yellow by Katherine Wong
When I was younger As my legs grew taller and stronger and my mind grew weaker I hated my skin color It was a muted sulfur tainted with fever That caused my knees to buckle, my hands to shake My neck to bead with sweat Because it was just that repulsive and sickening
My eyes were empty black holes And while everyone else had eyes of ocean waves Or forest canopies with curtains of saturated green My eyes were small slits of dark matter
Through traumatic fights and drama I learned about self love After being stuck in the dark tunnel, I could finally see the end Where light shone in buttery sun rays Sharply contrasting from the black to the yellow Like eyes to skin
Color is meaningless, yet it is also what gives us definition With maturing came a flushing of new hues Things were no longer black and white But instead a variety of shades and tints Upon peering at my reflection in the mirror I no longer saw a broken girl that needed fixing But instead A young woman radiating with the sun’s amber energy
A newly lit fire sits within me Fueled with passion and a goal I am yellow Sweet honey that drips from my lips in thick clumps Golden with resonance and power The same power that my words speak Where I pour my emotion into Because I am proud
I am yellow Like the ripe fruit that stems from banana trees Sheaths of blonde that scream from the top of their lungs It is my shield and my weapon
I am yellow Dandelions that poke out from within the garden As stubborn weeds Tufts of gold that sit unbothered among the green And no matter how many times you pull it out, more will grow back Resilient and headstrong Because I am not going anywhere
I am yellow Sharply contrasting, eyes to skin The slits of dark matter dotted with stars and galaxies And a story
Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.
Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.
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