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When I ask, the histologist responds,
Cells have no color.
We use ink to color the slides.

In my understanding,
my ultrasound was all light,
some grey. My child grew to be

made of dinosaur sounds,
toothy kindness, and no particular color.
I consider it theft, when I have to

teach my child
how to answer, what are you?
and, where are you from?

Theft, when he learns
the futility of two hands
raised in surrender.

Ink bleeds through
our ability to see, our
sanction to breathe.

Margaret Rhee is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She co-edited Glitter Tongue: queer and trans love poems and Mixed Blood, a literary journal on race and innovative poetics edited by CS Giscombe. She is a Kundiman Fellow and the Kathy Acker Fellow at Les Figues Press. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she teaches at UCLA and is a visiting assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.

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