Author: Annie Xiong

behind a smile

Behind a smile is a poem that experiments with unorthodox formatting to derive deeper meaning from the piece. It can be read from top to bottom, left to right, or with one perspective or two; every which way brings a different interpretation to the writing. The smiling motif symbolizes the persona, a mask you wear to hide your authentic self from others. Annie Xiong view this poem as the narrator’s true, vulnerable feelings behind their pained smile.

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