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On Being Transferred to the Congo by Rebecca Jung

Background photo: LenaLindell20/Pixabay, CC0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Rebecca Jung is a writer, poet, and ESL instructor, whose work has been published in The Impetus, MiPo, Wazee Journal, Purple Clover, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Evening Street Review, and Memoir.  Her poetry has appeared in two books: “Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh,” and “Burningword Ninety-Nine, A Selected Anthology of Poetry, 2001-2011.” She also has a chapbook entitled “Home Leave.”

She grew up an expat, moving eight times within a span of ten years, from Canton, Ohio; to Bukavu and Elizabethville in the Belgian Congo – just in time for the War for Independence; Nigeria; Libya; Turkey; Germany; Belgium; and back to the U.S., to go to Kent State – just in time for the shootings – where she earned a B.A. in art history. She later attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her B.A. in English writing.

Rebecca lives in an old Victorian house in Pittsburgh, which she shares with four rescue rabbits (one blind, one crippled, one with “behavioral issues,” one on antidepressants) and one pushy guinea pig.

She has no plans to move again.




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Author-in-hiding, Digital Artist-in-training, Student-in-perpetuum

4 thoughts on “On Being Transferred to the Congo by Rebecca Jung Leave a comment

  1. You have managed t o be in the danger zone several times. What a start on your life. Good poem – I like the down to earth (so to speak) examples in the moving boxes. We lived in Taiwan for two year s- took them months to deliver our crated belongings back in the US – boy did they smell, and the packers had helped themselves to a few things.
    Interesting poem. Well done – your rabbits sound like the basis for more writing I’d say.


    • Thanks for your kind comments! Oh, do I know what you’re talking about when you mention that shipping crate smell. Usually, by the time we finally got them, we were transferred again. And yes, I’ve actually written a few pieces about the critters.

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