Ghost Story

Poetry Sally Wen Mao

Forgive me if the wind stole
the howl from my mouth and whipped
it against your windowpanes.
Because the house cannot hold
my tremble in its hinges.
When I lived, I swore I would be seen.
I built a mansion made of windows
for my prince and me. He feinted—
we were two apparitions  [...]

Subscribers can read the full version of this article by logging in. Not a subscriber? Get immediate access to this article by subscribing now.

“Each new issue feels like a public report from many individual private spheres.” —Antoine Wilson

Back to Top
Issue 24



Spring 2016


Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James). She teaches Asian American poetry at Hunter College.


A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture. It was founded in 2006. You can read more about the magazine’s history and mission - click here.


A subscription to A Public Space now includes home delivery of the print magazine as well as access to the digital editions (epub, mobi, and pdf files) and the online archive.

For Just


Subscribe Today

A Public Space 323 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 t: 718.858.8067     General Information     Subscription Help