the starving dog;

or, in which an anonymous user says “good riddance” to the international student trying to return home during a global pandemic

Heidi Wong


watching him

lick his bowl clean

as i bite my tail off

for food.

believing him

when he tells me

this is my home


Heidi Wong is a poet and artist who grew up between Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York. Since posting her poems online at 15-years-old, she has developed a unique voice that juxtaposes surreal and macabre imagery with intimate and beautiful language. She was the winner of the 2018 Button Poetry short form contest, and the winner of the National Art and Calligraphy Competition of China for 6 consecutive years. Now, she continues to share her work with her audience of nearly 1M followers. Her third collection, Turning to Wallpaper (Central Avenue,) will be released in the fall.