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“This is a two-part poem, the ‘Q’ of a ‘Q&A.’ The speaker is urgent, urging this line of inquiry to get to the heart of the matter. ‘&A’ will answer in the way all matters of the heart are answered: with patience.”

— Hannah Sanghee Park

Q

Hannah Sanghee Park, 1986
May I master love, undo its luster
do in the thing that makes us lust? 
 
May I speed through the body’s sinew 
to marrow? Or is toiling a part of 
 
the gaining of trust? May I pare and narrow 
your body down, and open it to my 
 
cupidity’s arrow? May I find my 
response to body’s unanswered call, 
 
(if the want leaves you wanting, at all)?

Copyright @ 2014 by Hannah Sanghee Park. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-a-Day on July 22, 2014.

Copyright @ 2014 by Hannah Sanghee Park. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-a-Day on July 22, 2014.

Hannah Sanghee Park

Hannah Sanghee Park

Hannah Sanghee Park was born in Tacoma, Washington, on May 24, 1986. She holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Her book, The Same-Different, was selected by Rae Armantrout as the winner of the 2014 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2015.

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There you exist in water.
Unending sketch and erase

of waves on the sea surface.
Today, you’ll be all the words

I wanted to say: look, they’re so
pretty in that second they

surface. You almost didn’t
see them. You didn’t see them.

Sinuous, so commitment’s
a strange

poem

Like a frame within a frame the fossil
carried a carcass, a carapace,

and its own casket in another casket,
its own natural sarcophagus.

I never told anyone this story:
in a summer like this I ate a nectarine

until its rough corduroy pit, continued
rolling and chewing it until