Today, Gleizes knows the garden will percolate
a warmer summer and unwrapped nudes,
new world of sunnier days, an open esplanade,
its champagne the shade of stratus clouds.
Two builders downing their beers.
At noon, the women in denim
walking into the virtual museum.
Emblazoned on signposts are words of significance:
Money, Market, Prestige, Power Repurposed,
Class, Status, Fashion, Identity, Gender, Gestures,
Sex, Race, Sex and Race, Convention, Counterculture,
the Assembly and Assemblage, Diversity, Deferral,
Deference, Difference, Différance, Onward List.
Logocentrism: arciform and auriform,
now lost forever, with sound, shape, signifier —
alongside any real idea of phenomenology.
What nature of memory, what slashed function?
What origins from which to emerge the true-originary?
What lengths of perception, what remains unknowable?
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, two hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audiobooks. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Singapore Literature Prize, Poetry World Cup, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its publisher and founding editor.