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from A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure


SEEDS AND CRUMBS



  yes a famous mise-en-scene
“when I was just a little girl”


angle looks too much like angel
   and vice a versa


    what lies ahead
  rainbow


  rainbows
  who cares


scatter the song
clavichord it


  the future’s not ours
to see  tenderly









FAILED TOWER CA DAO



sonnet tied to the sky
struck by lightning
in that one film version
of Frankenstein who
was it that feared
the storm and lightning


myth and history twist
exile into a tower structure
also called “mouth”
that feeling of headlong
the site of mother
my longing in language


see my eyes rubies red I feed
on toxic flowers kiss one
or any flower rise clean from
mud water row a petal boat
absurd longing to sing the sun
to exist and live an island of









SHE LEADS WITH FLOWER WANDS



Made by the dead puppeteer the rings
found them it seemed Dry papery magenta


flowers of the wild bougainvillea


Multiple ghosts jab your throat thorns
in the uninterrupted kitchen dream


They could see it was perfect so their prophecy


was fulfilled so the lung smothered dies
so they wrote down their dreams


Their way made unpassable so fall through


worlds dashing the red gourd
        of light on the way

Contributor

Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen’s books include Red Juice: Poems 1998–2008 (Wave Books, 2014), Violet Energy Ingots (Wave Books, 2016) and A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure (April 2021, Wave Books). Hoa teaches poetics for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a popular, long-running poetics workshop she leads from cyberspace and Toronto.

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