Poems and Texts

“Clepsydra” by Eunsong Kim


I. A permanent pen, as permanent as possible before effacement.

I. The compromise is, your name, my wrist.

I. That kind of oblivion, variegated.

I. To count the time from the womb, officially, in government documents.

I. Made coral for Irredention.

I. A resistance to tattoos and fixtures, primary colors.

I. My wiled Sphinx. It’s the only way we know how.

Originally published in The Iowa Review 42.3 (2012)

Photo: Jason Hirata

Eunsong Kim

Eunsong Kim is a writer and educator residing in southern California. She works with local and national youth arts organizations such as Urban Gateways to develop and teach critically based art and poetry programs. Her essays on literature, digital cultures, and art criticism have appeared and are forthcoming in: Scapegoat, Lateral, The New Inquiry, Model View Culture, AAWW’s The Margins, and in the book anthologies, Global Poetics, Critical Archival Studies, and Reading Modernism with Machines. Her poetry has or will been published in: Denver Quarterly, Seattle Review, Feral Feminisms, Minnesota Review, Interim, Iowa Review, and Action Yes. She was the recipient of a 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for the blog contemptorary and her first book of poems will be published by Noemi press in 2017.

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