‘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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Raw Raw, Eat Your News, ““In the Spirit of a Sestina”” Something found sometimes fuels a fountain of thought. Some thought, something round, at times fills a mountain. A mountain of thought is a thing circled around, at least six times, by you, mourning angels.
Spiderweb The chief of the Soda Creek Indian Band likened the area touched by the spill to a spiderweb * 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…]
In the Spirit of a Sestina where she was drugged. She said she woke up naked As in many brothels, the torture of choice was electric shocks The jolt causes intense pain, sometimes evacuation of the bladder and bowel – and even unconsciousness. Shocks After the beatings and shocks, Sina said [Continue Reading…]
MusingWith: Contributors MEI-MEI BERSSENBRUGGE was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including Empathy (Station Hill Press), Nest (Kelsey Street Press), I Love Artists, New and Selected Poems (University of California Press), and most recently, Hello, the Roses (New Directions). She lives in New York City [Continue Reading…]