"Spread starkly, wrists for rubbing,
Fingers for twisting blades of grass,
Fingernails slightly askew"
"Disable the alarms and lace
The guard dog’s food with some rich
Vein of quiet"
"I wasn’t home when my father died so
I can’t say how he’d placed his hands
Just before the flat-lining of his heart."
"However, she insisted on seeing me before she left, and they reluctantly agreed, assuming it might help to calm her down. When I was brought to her bedside, with her black hair disheveled and her mesmerizing, Fury-like black eyes tense with emotion, she pulled me to her, held me in an iron grip, refusing to let go."
Poetry and Politics
An Interview with Yun Wei
"Poetry has the ability to enact the change that politics promise, sometimes even more powerfully because it disrupts your biases, charges up your emotions, and integrates into the chemistry of your thoughts."