Cynthia Dewi Oka, a quotable poet

Here is a darling snippet from the poem “BECAUSE I COME FROM A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE”


“really a poem cannot save anyone’s life, especially

your own if you are honest”


Click here to read the rest of this poem:




Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Salvage: Poems (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016).

A two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, she has received a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, a Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry, and scholarships from Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont Studio Center. She works as an immigrant justice organizer in Philadelphia.

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