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The Girl Who Married a Buddha

by Margaret Bashaar

Issue 6 :: Summer 2010 (poetry)

There is no rebellion that builds inside her
that thrusts its sharp elbows into her side.
She is the kind of girl who looks for words in smoke,
faces in grains of sand, who folds her prayers
into scraps of yellow paper, binds them with string
to wear at her throat.


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"The Girl Who Married a Buddha" is roughly 188 words.

Margaret Bashaar's work has appeared in or is forthcoming from such journals as The Pedestal Magazine, Caketrain, So to Speak, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others. Her work is also forthcoming in the anthology Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25 edited by Naomi Shihab Nye. She edits the journal Weave Magazine, co-hosts the poetry cabaret The TypewriterGirls, curates the Pittsburgh poetry calendar, and writes reviews for Weave Magazine and the MultiCultural Review. She can be reached at