Two Poems
Tse Hao Guang

i.         “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


                  the great Chinese                loneliness

                                    you scratch

                                    teeth you don’t


         tie your



         tidy your hat

ii.        Sonnet for the relative elasticity of your skin

ten crease origami          box of sun

              flower seed—wild bronze


    buffalo            giclée print

—blotched wine,

         taut    on napkin—          rumours

      of smoke

rings chafe           against nose—the lynx glare

                  forgotten dimple &


    the organ of touch—you,

cloaked in nakedness,


                         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, and is a 2016 fellow of the International Writing Program.


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