20171007-07123 (entrance)

 

entrance

our latest cities
are corridors
of luminous spikes

20151005-0398 (run)

 

run

running hope
slows into
a decorative silence

20180327-2516 (monument)

 

monument

silence is vertical
tall like a tower
only pain and noise are horizontal

20171219-07500 (angel)

 

angel

look inward, angel
burn
with avoidance

20171219-07601 (prayer)

 

prayer

a prayer
desire's double
on its knees in air

20171219-07543 (jacket)

jacket

thunder's raincoat
wanes
in life's waxing fire

20180131-9094 (layer)

 

layer

a book's pages
fold like lettuce
releasing a syntactical howl

20180206-9450 (facial)

 

facial

stony camel
in the dark of the desert
the air burns and barks

20180320-1604 (bombax ceiba)

 

bombax ceiba

old women and old men
gathering cotton-red flowers
for soups and teas

 

20180320-2094 (origami)

 

origami

the body's gates close hard
on its geometry of nerves
leaving violent bricks of light

20180327-2171 (variation)

 

variation 

ouroboros
change bends around
to swallow its tail

20180320-1368 (flying sword)

 

flying sword

slain birds of lightning
a thousand
cuts of language

20180320-2095 (future)

 

future

heaving cities
weight without memory
lead without weight

20190218-02076 (accordion)

 

accordion

music like airless pain
cries out
for compression

20180327-2527 (city planner)

 

City planner

aspiration shrieks
glamour builds up
over the people

20151005-0396 (fly)

 

fly

bat boy
Icarus soon over
the sea-room

20180320-1326 (pyramid)

 

pyramid

gelatinous tower
uncertain as Babel
about its language

20190218-01975 (flesh)

 

flesh

flower of flesh
its hand held
over its open mouth

20190218-02008 (ingredient)

 

ingredient

the smallest planet
ball of bone
winking out in time

20210420-6587 (performer)

 

performer

say you're an albatross
with its body gone
struts and spars behind you

20210420-6592 (off-right)

 

off-right

asparagus bone
deep frozen lily
fly by the moon on my face

20210420-6598 (straight)

 

straight

feral pen
cut into jaws by the press
of chiseling light

20210504-6605 (together)

 

together

cold swarms
grow urgent in warmth
pushing chaos into comfort

20210504-6628 (boy)

 

boy

encased in serenity
fixed in the orbit
every boy takes

20210504-6616 (curve)

curve

straight edges stand hard
forged in sunlight
curves are sighs

20210504-6623 (rest)

 

rest

freed by a sculpture
a prosthesis hand tight
in the lust of self-sufficiency

20180320-1859 (jellyfish)


Jellyfish


the flight from ordinance
makes you long
for the grace of disarray

20190218-02072 (vertical wave)


Vertical Wave

you see pattern
coming at you like a tsunami
you won't escape its ordering

20180320-0971 (eye)



Eye

a wheel pinned to a cloud
braces the world
against the whole cloth of night

20180320-1312 (electric)


Electric

an airliner bee
struck by lightning
weeps jagged honey

20180320-1868 (sunrise)



Sunrise

sunrises are rigid these days
pulled from a spaceflower's ovule
by the bureaucrats of ether

20160228-9909 (spring)


Spring 

spring is cautious
early flowers
dance black and white

20180206-9395 (small book)


Book Wedge

rounded thoughts
perfect for a corner
back against the wall

20180206-9439 (bite)


Organic Bite

jaws rhizomic
threaded
the tongue a curled leaf

20180206-9494 (desire)


Desire

tract of eyes
nests of eggs
desire cradled in nacelles

20180206-9476 (triptych)


Triptych

two subjects and a god
three peas in a pod
reverence is odd

20180205-9363 (politics)


Politics

sedimentary speaking
in public
folded promises

20171009-07226 (celebration)


Celebration

given our inertia
our celebrations must be
glitter in turmoil

20171219-07623 (jailed)


Jailed

books in prison
where they belong
safe from us

20171224-07805 (frame)


Frame

without frames
there'd be billowing
we'd all go mad

20171110-07441 (question)


Question

questions have eyes
that stare
from skeins of asking

20171219-07481 (head-dress)


Unidentified Adornment

a flying saucer
lands gently
on a female planet

20171219-07465 (staircase)


Mortality Staircase

rising from darkness
up into
a second darkness

20171025-07277 (Vincent)


Vincent

the sun gone
for the great painter
darkness taps his shoulder

20171103-07389 (pagoda)


Pagoda

a prayer bottle
turned on the lathe of time
still smiles like the Buddha

20171103-07322 (Cohen)


The Weight

Dear Leonard
singing the weight
of the world

20171103-07350 (constellation)


Constellation

Like a football
helmet in space
writhing with perforation

20171025-07262 (ghost)


Slapstick

nothing shakes the spirit
anymore
rubber ghosts giggle in the dark

20171025-07253 (thought)


Horns

a thinking head
beaded with peregrination
cuckolded by light

20171025-07247 (nightscape)


Rough Night

night leaves
the sky in tatters
over a hoarse forest
All photographs by Lee Ka-sing
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