Two Poems by Hoa Nguyen


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Empire seeks power   I wrote that
as “Vampire Empire” and drank hot
ginger tea and said I hate that shit
with a crying face eating potato soup
Smelly vegetable poetry I wanted
to make not like plaid but more rounded
and couldn’t give the important internal
organ in a tawdry organ swap
Grey sky   a throat
How many many times to throw
I kissed her and pulled her
lower lip into my mouth
Venus hangs out with the moon
She said she wanted a baby


Make heart-shaped cakes
for the Queen of Heaven
Things that make you cry
Geode stone pulse
That plant named Wizard’s herb
When the State of Michigan sells
”pristine treaty-protected land”
to make a limestone mine
I dreamt the spider crossed
my eye and I crushed it
into my eye  Why is the first
day the hardest day? The city
susurrus  Are us especially
if you get to keep the money

These poems appear in The Lifted Brow #26. Read a digital copy here or get your print copy here.

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. Nguyen is co-founder of Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks.