Poetry

saltwashed

unpeel me from my skin & let us wash it in the sea; the salt will scour sediment from my capillaries.   glistening & exposed, I will pull down the sickle of the moon & scrape my tendons clean. if we touch, you will find me like the segments of an orange: membranous & soft […]

Read

deep sleep

i’ve never seen the deep sleep of monarch butterflies but I can imagine the taste of their relief in the eucalyptus grove the slow nectar of thawing winter, a rare ice wine steeped with pine needles instead of champagne at the end of passport control the pollen is a confetti of stars   only ancestors […]

Read

Athena Holds Up a Mirror to Strength

Girl, you best stop setting yourself on fire, you may be the phoenix, but these bones aren’t kindling to keep others warm— your spine isn’t a bridge you need to burn, and you aren’t a consequence, Empress: remember who you are.   Woman, you a hundred rivers, each one gathering itself carefully, unhurried, unhampered, considerate […]

Read

behind the self-help section

behind the false wall lies all the burned books— banned and abandoned they shimmer, glittering in their illicitness ghost words that send shivers down unknowing shoppers’ spines when these patrons traverse too close to the self-help section covered in goosebumps hairs standing straight on their arms these readers don’t realize that they’ve brushed up against […]

Read

Hungry Ghost

My girlfriend became a hungry ghost on the 4th of August, twig-necked with skin as wet as gasoline, needlepoint mouth unable to keep down anything. We met on a language exchange   app, me the English teacher who’d swooped into Hongdae like a sudden wind, her the ulzzang who dreamed of opening a BBQ restaurant […]

Read

Other Worlds to Save

the girl sometimes slipped off the brocaded ambassadorial robes she wore through endless negotiations with more alien species than she ever thought could exist   she was often too busy to miss Earth, her parents, corn dogs but when melancholy descended she pulled on the ratty t-shirt and jeans she had worn when she left […]

Read