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bye bye

—after “American Pie,” sung by Leslie Cheung, a Cantopop star who died jumping off the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong


boys always

haunting the gas


stationed at

the kum & go


come around yelling

happy july, all


these lives you haven’t filled

in all these teeth


a faith so deep you can

die in it, like a boy so


high up he thought the

swimming pool was full


and god willing, he

dived in it. in a


preemptive strike, patriotic, partirons                                                              

and party on! miss 中国


in 中西部,

i dismiss


their existence, a flotilla

with more in common


with a root beer vanilla

concoction than the


spanish armada, though

that too was a whipped


cream loss. dq stands

for disqualification—three


strikes & the cup is half

mosh pit half military


campaign—god is in the

good fizz—& the bottom


(beyond the caffeine &

fresh sugarcane) is concrete.


Stella Wong

Stella Wong is a poet with degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Wong's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, Colorado Review, Missouri Review, Narrative, Poetry Northwest, and The LA Review of Books. She is the author of American Zero, winner of the 2018 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize, selected by Danez Smith, and Spooks, winner of the 2020 Saturnalia Books Editors Prize.