Emma Shi was the winner of the National Schools Poetry Award 2013 and the Poetry NZ Prize 2017. Her work was also included in Best New Zealand Poems 2017. She posts her writing at facebook.com/emmlexx.
Before I walk into the room, I whisper an apology to my body for what’s about to happen. Then I step forward, into a space full of people wearing blue and standing under bright lights that are almost white.