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Two Poems—
MIRROR & SONNET
Tse HAO GUANG
(謝皓光)




not the mirror image but the reverse side of the mirror


             melon field

under the plums



                   your mouth is cotton she              accused

              where once              feet were bound



                                              if I contort masked

       to our pri

vilege

                  the great Chinese                loneliness

                                    you scratch

                                    teeth you don’t

        

         tie your

                    shoes

don’t

         tidy your hat






Sonnet for the relative elasticity of your skin


ten crease origami          box of sun

              flower seed—wild bronze

                             water




    buffalo            giclée print



—blotched wine,

         taut    on napkin—          rumours



      of smoke

rings chafe           against nose—the lynx glare



                  forgotten dimple &

                                                taste




    the organ of touch—you,


cloaked in nakedness,

           kumquat

                         rind, flayed    





Tse Hao GUANG (謝皓光) is the author of hyperlinkage (2013) and Deeds of Light (2015, both Math Paper Press), the latter shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. He co-edits the cross-genre, collaborative e-journal OF ZOOS, and UnFree Verse (2017), the anthology of Singapore poetry in received and nonce forms. He serves as essays editor of the online educational / critical resource poetry.sg, and is a 2016 fellow of the International Writing Program.





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