Dream of Ink Brush Calligraphy

By Karen An-hwei Lee
In prayer:
quiet opening,
my artery is a thin    
shadow on paper—
margin of long grass,
ruderal hair, sister to this
not yet part of our bodies
your lyric corpus of seed
in rough drafts of pine ash,
chaogao or grass calligraphy  
in rough drafts of pine ash—
your lyric corpus of seed
not yet part of our bodies:
ruderal hair, sister to this  
margin of long grass,
shadow on paper,
my artery is a thin
quiet opening
in prayer.


Source: Poetry (November 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the November 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

November 2010
 Karen An-hwei Lee

Biography

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo, 2012), Ardor (Tupelo, 2008), and In Medias Res (Sarabande, 2004), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora (Cambria, 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. Lee’s work appears in journals such as The American . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, The Body, Arts & Sciences, Painting & Sculpture

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Ekphrasis

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