An introduction to the Southeast Asian poetry special issue
swirls of copper blue and barium green, jet-streams of oxygen spun like pinwheels
How spoon carves into soup, like key trying to find its lock.
I burn skin-suits, sheens of motor-oil in the basement.
Lạc Long Quân, king of the dragons, darling son of the seas, wished upon the river delta with such a will and an ache
and of course, there are the rules: say sorry before you pee into a tree, don’t bring pork into the camp
When grandfather died, his dog vanished. It persistently reappears just to howl by the gate.
In our house, the Lady Friend sits. She visits daily.
Dear Property Developer, from one monster to another: I’m scared.
no other insomniac notices me in the neighbourhood Kwik Dobi, open 24 hours
I cannot imagine you yet but I can try.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents the poetry of the Southeast Asian Poetry Special Issue.