Xiaoly Li – Swallow Brand

Swallow Brand Sunlight through drapes, swirls on the fifty-year old sewing machine and your waterfall hair. With needle threads and scissor snips, your steadfast hum rhymes with the device’s whir and click. Our youth was dressed in hand-me-downs. Each cherished garment held a braided story beneath your skilled revision. Labeled a rightist, rendered jobless in […]

Xiaoly Li – The Yearning Tree

The Yearning Tree                —Mother’s Story Shadows flung his body on the dirty wall dimmed the moonlight through the iron window. He lay on the dry grass suffering from malaria & worsened lung disease. Could he survive & see the fruit of the revolution? He stared at a looming star, waited for the morning. In that […]