How'd you get so slice?
Razor pinch all flat-like? All puff
& sting? What's your allergy?
Hi bucktooth cartoon. Hi war
paddy. Hi refugee. Spit. Take it.
Tight lids. Dagger flick. Stick
shift. Tease. Lemon juice.
Wide screen. We all scream.
What are you mad? Seething in
the corner? Cat squeezing
fish spine from back? What are you
blind-eye? What are you cock-
roach? What are you gleaming
all teeth no iris at the sun's grin?
II. LETTER FROM MY EYES TO THE WORLD
Act like you've
never seen a pinhole
camera. I drink every
every. Condense light
into its smallest body.
Added: Monday, July 14, 2014 / Originally published in Radius. Used with permission.
Franny Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science(Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Her poems and essays have been published in Poetry, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Hyphen, and elsewhere. A Kundiman Fellow and graduate of the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, she teaches at Williams College and co-hosts the podcast VS alongside fellow Dark Noise Collective member Danez Smith.