From the Archives

The Decision

Timothy Liu
When I removed

the ring I had
been wearing for

a decade, a ghost

ring remained
underneath — the skin

slightly paler

where the gold
had been — my finger

cinched where it

had been constricted
as I prepared to

step into the night —

Timothy Liu is the author of nine books of poems, including Of Thee I Sing and Say Goodnight, and winner of the 1998 PEN Open Book Margins Award.
Originally published:
July 1, 2009

Featured

Essays

Communalism in the Veld

Rethinking property in South Africa
Glen Retief

Fiction

The Front House

Cord Jefferson

Books

The Sublime Modes of Sheila Heti

The novelist as philosopher
Noreen Khawaja

You Might Also Like

From the Archives

Fiction

Mark Strand

Newsletter

Sign up for The Yale Review newsletter and keep up with news, events, and more.