‘The train station was a cemetery. / Drunk with spirits, another being entered.’
‘Who connects with the next woman / With tens and hundreds and thousands of women.’
‘Let me tell you how / white hands kilned me / in the moonless middle / of night.’
‘Our conversations faltered, the celestial musicians / took a break between sets, and all the little engines / we had so painstakingly gathered and constructed / lapsed into stillness for a few brief moments.’
‘Underneath the leaves that stack my upper lip / the reindeer do not share their love.’ Translated from the Korean by Jake Levine.
‘Our nation is a spell of nerves and gas. We say yes to monsters, to elegies etched in our palms.’ Translated by Daniel Canty.