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…]

A Lettre Correspondence: Ocean Vuong & Arthur Sze

Dear Arthur— Thank you so kindly for participating in the Asian American Literary Review’s mentorship program. I am so honored and grateful for this opportunity to speak and work with you. I do not have any formal education in poetics and what I have learned has been mostly self-taught via the abundance housed in libraries—so [Continue Reading…]