Song for Goliath
‘I see them as a needlepoint sampler, / flowing script that reads: everyone suffers.’
‘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.
‘They are superbly and viscerally unreal / and I feel their living drive’
‘By the dog the minced oaths, / the god-wounds, the solemnly / declared chronical maladies.’
‘Our errors evolved into nature.’ Translated from the Burmese by ko ko thett.
‘I told you how the bison woke / the earth / I knew you were listening’
‘His sheets smell of formalin. / She feels as if her insides // are outside her, in a freezer.’
The Passing of the Contemplative Life
‘she was not among those / I’d expected I might meet’
Mars is a Stupid Planet
‘Even astronauts describe / our air as thick enough to slice / and spread on toast for breakfast.’