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The Hula Hooper's Taunt

I’mma a two-ton spiker   hips fast rondeau
N’ere more,  nay sayer    feel this orbit rattle
Wipe that prattle that spittle   crass pupa
Gupta       away you     ma’ man, 

where you              revolving    solving 
spin shorty            shark   satellitic    fever

Leer not, lyre         I spiral atom pattern
                           Faster than you say  my turn.


"The Hula Hooper’s Taunt", from Dance Dance Revolution by Cathy Park Hong. Copyright © 2007 by Cathy Park Hong. Used by permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.


Cathy Park Hong

Born to Korean parents on August 7, 1976, Cathy Park Hong was raised in Los Angeles

Date Published: 2007-01-01

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