Cole Swensen: Ekphrasis #2

a bum always cuddles hope
on hard couches
angled-bone fat-lack
poke pierces petrifies
howling he clings
to grow an other person
without crossing universes

blind-deaf he does not sense
fireworks sparking night
accordions jangling sweet
he discovers only
ignorant depths
frying his tears

Within Singapore, Verena Tay ( has published two short story collections, Spectre (2012) and Spaces (2016), and four play collections, and edited twelve fiction anthologies, including Math Paper Press’s popular Balik Kampung series. She is now working on her first novel as part of her PhD studies in Creative Writing at Swansea University.

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