The Blue Blue Color (Excerpt)

translated by Xi Nan Everyone who comes to this world comes with desires. We eat, sleep, fall in love...these are all natural impulses. And what is…


“Passing by Qilian Mountains That Day,” “The Wind Came,” “The Place Closest to the Sky,” and Other Poems

translated by Xi Nan A few years ago, I went to Qinghai (青海) and walked through Xining (西宁), Kumbum Monastery (塔尔寺), Qinghai Lake (青海湖), Qilian…


“Feel Disaster in the Air,” “Really?,” “Just Kidding!,” and Other Poems

Feel Disaster in the Air You are making effigies out of small rocks and recently chewed bubblegum of all the people you have met. And you set them in…


“Sayonara,” “Comp 1,” “Five Steps to Caring,” and Other Poems

Sayonara Samurai occupy the subway. They guard the entrance and stand at attention on the platforms. My girlfriends and I pass by, giggling. We’ve…


“The Crows at Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde, AZ,” “Absent Thought,” “April Storm,” and “The Darkness of Our Love”

The Crows at Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde, AZ There is something that compels on this vast, wildfire-wasted vista. A sense of permanence pervades the…


“And Went Into a Person House,” “White, Red, Black,” “Life Review,” and “Bush Block”

And Went Into a Person House Eyes appropriated from peacock feathers Swirling with all these items Half a boy’s body and half good And derelict of…


“Marked,” “Bergman’s Truth,” “Ex Machina,” and Other Poems

Marked The first tattoo was a death head stitched into my left ass cheek after I had sex in a graveyard. Number two came after a binge a few years…


Five Poems by Simon Perchik

Untitled No, it’s about the sun and a sore that opens :every morning is already swollen, weak, clouded over wobbling from some near-by breeze…


“Clean,” “Prophecy,” “Runes,” and “Flames”

Clean I want to be clean again Bones carved from cherry wood Blushing as he looks right through me I am angry at feeling so much love I wish you…


“Felix,” “A Beautiful Day in Quarantine,” “Thinking of You,” and Other Poems

Felix There’s a sex shop a few blocks over. I told her I had a surprise for her when she came over tonight. Earlier today I bought her a tail and a…