Filling in the blanks— a poem about Kim Yeong Gap (김영갑) the coda

hope something of the spirit of the man you absorbed from these lines that tried to bring him back from the dead   his dream count the tallest trees with only Latin & Korean names, the oreums feminine contours involuntarily on fingers & toes then follow the pheasant track stars through Halla’s forests into dreams …

Of rhyme & reason No1- both short & long feet skip the line

Of rhyme & reason No1- both short & long feet skip the line I i recently sent a sample of my juvenilia to a blogger particularly interested in my poetry. For this reason i thought the person in question might be intrigued to read my early poems. i am not interested in any flattery for …

Silent Hook

talking about his novel Shark, Will Self explained that he set out to write Jaws without the shark. i am not entirely sure what he was getting at, but when i read the book i sort of understood his purpose: to have his narrative, a character's past circumstances developed & swivel around something articulated, but …

차바’s refugees

last year Korea was hit by one of the worst typhoons in some years, killing 7 on the mainland. Jeju fortunately got off lightly, the typhoon grazing us rather than meeting us head on bull-at-a-gate.  the day after, the weather windy & carrying the heavy regret of a drunk in its ache to clear its …

the heron

the heron appeared on Robert Okaji's O at the Edges first time around, but i feel it was perhaps buried under so much waffling prose of mine in ebullient response to Robert's questions, which was immensely therapeutic & enjoyable, but now i think i'd like to give the poem some space to breathe, accompanied by …