In Late March Chengdu Blooms
Khaty Xiong

To fill me with the same negotiations in some corner

Yes I could settle custom love—observe the worm that burrows in the brain

Before me kings condemned bodies—the subtle laws of falling where they made
     every human gaze a hole & less than a hole: the eye of a dead fish

To the masters—I remember my loves—see them immortal & forgiving

The drowsiness of certain words

The first deaths over stagnant ponds abandoned even by flies

The marrow between body & body—cold hands & a knife

Khaty Xiong is a second-generation Hmong American from Fresno, CA. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Montana, and is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Deer Hour (New Michigan Press, 2014) and Elegies (University of Montana, 2013). Xiong’s work has been featured on The New York Times and Verse Daily. Her debut Poor Anima was released by Apogee Press on September 1, 2015. More of her work can be found at Currently, she resides in Gahanna, OH.

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