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Suggestions for Distributing Your Poems

by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

Issue 5 :: Winter 2009 (poetry)

Neatly write your best lines onto pieces of crepe paper

and go to a fancy restaurant.

Bribe the maitre d’ and lie your way into the kitchen.

Here, distract the pastry chef by upending bowls of berries

and slip your flowery verse into the flourless tortes.


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"Suggestions for Distributing Your Poems" is roughly 180 words.

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a Hong Kong-born writer currently based in London, UK. She edited Hong Kong U Writing: An Anthology (2006) and coedited Love & Lust (Chameleon Press Ltd., 2008). She is also an assistant poetry editor of Sotto Voce and a founding coeditor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (, the first Hong Kong online literary journal. More at