Ryan Lee Wong

‘Everyone Does It’ Just Won’t Do   Yes, Everyone Can Be Stupid for a Minute Everyone Speaks Text Message Everyone Seems to Have Cancer   Everyone’s Narcissistic, It Seems Everyone, It Seems, Wants to Buy the Clippers Nose Jobs Aren’t for Everyone Everyone Will Be a TV Station Soon Everyone Looks 10 Pounds Guiltier on [Continue Reading…]

Scott Thurston

Two poems by Kimiko Hahn arrive by email. I’m not familiar with the author, but after reading these spare, difficult poems, ‘In the Spirit of a Sestina’ and ‘From the Clipping Morgue,’ I’m left with the impression that these works are by a young poet, perhaps just starting out. What gives this sense? On reflection [Continue Reading…]

Keijiro Suga

When I read Kimiko’s lines and try to respond I am not addressing Kimiko herself and can only talk to, at best, the girl depicted, bodiless and soulless, just a flickering image that is constantly morphing into something else. But it did happen. The girl’s historicity is undeniable yet she is uncountable and so she is [Continue Reading…]

Wendy Anne Lee

I. Spirit and Form   Kimiko Hahn’s poem opens with an acknowledgment and a riddle. As the title makes clear, the poem does not take the form of a sestina. There will be no kaleidoscopic sestets or plaiting of six end-words, no envoi or tornata to call them together in a final, fitting constellation of [Continue Reading…]

Cressida J. Heyes

Spiderweb   The chief of the Soda Creek Indian Band likened the area touched by the spill to a spiderweb[17]   *   I live in northern Alberta, home of the tar sands—a series of giant pits of mucky bitumen mixed with the earth in a way that is incredibly difficult and destructive to extract. [Continue Reading…]

MusingWith: Kimiko Hahn

Kimiko Hahn “In the Spirit of a Sestina” “From the Clipping Morgue a monostich sequence”   Cressida J. Heyes “Spiderweb”   Kyoo Lee “Raw Raw, Eat Your News, ”In the Spirit of a Sestina””   Wendy Anne Lee   Iping Liang   Keijiro Suga   Scott Thurston   Ryan Lee Wong “‘Everyone Does It’ Just [Continue Reading…]

Rajiv Mohabir: Poems

Criminal Law (Offenses) Act of Guyana   Any Male Person Who Section 352. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission, or procures or attempts to procure the commission, by any male person, of any act of gross indecency with any other male person shall be guilty [Continue Reading…]

Kenji Liu: Poems

Landing 1. In a Manhattan church basement, my parents practice English. Heads bent over thin workbooks, aura of old wood and painted cement circling their crowns. He’s watching fluorescence flit from the new steel bands on their fingers. Together, they utter the holy words—my name is, where is, cream and sugar, please, thank you, when [Continue Reading…]