NOT QUITE • by Shelly Bryant


 not quite 

what she’d imagined

on her bed

roses lie wilting

beside her naiveté



Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a teacher, writer, researcher, and translator. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, Cyborg Chimera and Under the Ash, and a travel guide to the city of Suzhou entitled Suzhou Basics. Her third volume of poetry, Voices of the Elders, and her travel memoir, The End of the Line, are slated for release in 2012. Her current projects include writing an updated guide to Shanghai for Urbanatomy and translating Sheng Keyi’s novel Northern Girls for Penguin Books. You can visit her website at

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Posted on February 16, 2013 in Literary, Poems
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  • Dave Morehouse

    Very nice. Sometimes there is a downside to Valentine’s Day.

  • Marion Clarke

    I like the shock of the final line.


  • Shelly

    Thanks, Dave and Marion!

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