The Bedbug

animate brown seed


white bed linen, pinched
between the nails of my right         thumb        and index finger—

bleeds pungent fragrance

stain upon my stumped


Hiromi Yoshida teaches American Literature for the award-winning VITAL program at the Monroe County Public Library. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Fordham University, and a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University Bloomington.

A Bloomington, Indiana resident of twenty-three years, Hiromi Yoshida is a winner of multiple Indiana University Writers’ Conference awards. Lauded as one of Bloomington’s “finest and most outspoken poets” by Tony Brewer, Chair of the Writers Guild at Bloomington, her poems have been published in literary magazines and journals that include Indiana Voice Journal, Flying Island, The Asian American Literary Review, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Hiromi Yoshida organized and hosted the Poets 4 Unity monthly reading series in Bloomington from December 2016 through April 2017.

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