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“The Air” is a Poem-of-the-Week Selection at The Missouri Review - February 17, 2015

The first journal to accept my original poetry was the Missouri Review, way back in 2006, when they awarded metheir Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. The poetry editor then was a fine fellow (and fellow poet) by the name of Jason Koo. I’m thankful to Ye Chun, their current poetry editor, for this recent acceptance.

The poem is about children before they become children. It’s accompanied by a short note on its composition, influences, and contexts.

Derek Mong