Made in Bangladesh

How to suck blood from this blood-sucked

image? A garment worker’s needle is suturing 

the scene: she sews a thousand polyester hearts

while her Singer croons, a schoolgirl breasts 

the clock-less walls, Dhaka’s illit-

erate mothers thread an English 

logo, and a factory soldier stalks the aisles — 

Extendo lolling at his hip.


Nights ago, the garment worker drowned

her newborn in the toilet: half-submerged 

in bloody water it groped the umbilical cord 

like a rescue rope. The mother snipped the line 

with fabric scissors, standing on the red mirror,

whispering: all survival poems are washed in blood.

Yusuf Saadi won the 2016 Vallum Chapbook Award and the The Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award. At other times, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in magazines including Brick, The Malahat Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, Vallum, and untethered. He is also an executive editor at Sewer Lid magazine and reader for The Rusty Toque.