Poems and Texts

“Clepsydra” by Eunsong Kim

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Clepsydra

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 an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Northeastern University. Her poetry has appeared in the Brooklyn Magazine, The Iowa Review, Minnesota Review, and West Branch amongst others. Her first book of poetry, gospel of regicide, was published by Noemi Press in 2017, and her co-translation, with Sung Gi Kim, of Kim Eon Hee’s poetic text Have You Been Feeling Blue These Days? will be published in April of 2019.

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