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CROSSING HALF OF CHINA TO SLEEP WITH YOU
Yu Xiuhua
To sleep with you or to be slept, what’s the difference if there’s any? Two bodies …

5.07 A.M.
Jaya Savige
Sundials shark through cool zaffre, finning toward dawn.   Adrift, warm-blooded, you long to …

FORT DADA
Jaya Savige
Once off the ship from sector blah blah she checks into a spa in Baden Baden, wet air spiced with …

DUENDE
Jaya Savige
Just now I thought I heard you say my name in the familiar way only a child knows, the warm …

SKIN REPAIR
Jaya Savige
In summer she kept lances of wild aloe in the fridge door, cool spears wound loose in paper towels …

CIRCULAR BREATHING
Jaya Savige
There’s a man with dreadlocks playing the didgeridoo in the Piazza di Santa Maria, and …

MAGIC HOUR, L.A.
Jaya Savige
Maze-bright, sans GPS down Fairfax    in the Buick, when a thrash fiend in a chrome …

パックマン ÉTUDE
Jaya Savige
Pac-Man is my minotaur.   I’ve lost the blueprint but from memory the maze idea emerged …

MAGNIFERA
Jaya Savige
Ripeness was a semitone below the bone clef of the elbow   keying the rain-slicked cyclone …

FIRST PERSON SHOOTER
Jaya Savige
Veteran marksmen speak of the ballet, each victim’s unique fouetté, the way the head …

HOSSEGOR
Jaya Savige
Surfing probably didn’t occur to the Vikings    but then you never know – …

THE MASTER OF SMALL VIOLENCES
Jaya Savige
He wakes at ten, opens up a can of tinned peaches and hacks at the succulent halves with a fork …

EXCHANGE AT SKIRMISH POINT
Jaya Savige
Elbows raised up above the outgoing tide, the lead-line of the bait-net is tied around our …

CORRECT WEIGHT
Jaya Savige
Camouflaged against the smug mahogany of the Red Lion in Westminster, the sitting member drains …

DESIRES ARE ALREADY MEMORIES
Jaya Savige
I have come to expect too much of the ocean.   The tide is out again researching the …

A PENINSULA FACING THE EAST
Li Heng
When rocks expand like vegetation, eastward, eastward, tourists get less crowded here. You draw …

IN A QUARRY
Li Heng
Every day I dream the same dreams, passing through a quarry at midnight. Stones burst open, cut, …

AUTUMN IN AN ALMOST-NO-TOWN
Li Heng
There are eleven shapes of autumn moving in the wind from south to north exchanging forty names. …

BUS IN A STORM
Li Heng
To get away from the heavy rain on the emptied platform, I run and squeeze into a bus that’s …

HOLLOW MAN
Chen Jun
He is eager to pour out his heart, pulling it into a windmill, a tower, a pagoda. Many chests …

IN THE KITCHEN
Chen Jun


BOOK OF THE SADNESS
Chen Jun
Sadness moves slowly as if on a horseback forward, forward, the rainy clouds are low touching our …

SUMMER
Chen Jun
The swinger the swirler the swirled: stop grieving. I drink all night but in a diminishing …

FRUITS OF LIGHT
Makoto Ooka


 
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