YouTube: https://youtube.com/watch?v=i_ylxEEA0iI
Previous: Roger Bennett reads "This Be The Verse"
Next: Cody Simpson reads "Cool Sensations"

Categories

Statistics

View count:123
Likes:16
Dislikes:0
Comments:2
Duration:01:58
Uploaded:2020-04-08
Last sync:2020-04-08 09:30
Kenji C. Liu reads his poem “Drowsiness through my kiss”.

Kenji:
http://www.kenjiliu.com/
https://twitter.com/kenjicliu

Brought to you by Complexly, The Poetry Foundation, and poet Paige Lewis. Learn more: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/

11 issues of Poetry, subscribe today for $20: https://poetrymagazine.org/OursPoetica

Follow us elsewhere for the full Ours Poetica experience:
twitter.com/ourspoeticashow
instagram.com/ourspoeticashow
facebook.com/ourspoeticashow

#poetry #ourspoetica
My name is Kenji Liu and the poem I'll be reading is "Drowsiness Through My Kiss".  It is a frankenpo which is an invented form that combines text from other texts to create a poem and in this case, this is a frankenpo of an article on genderless (?~0:19), which is a form of masculinity in Japan.  The Buddhist (?~0:24) and the screenplay of the animated movie "The Last Unicorn". 

Dear Beloved,

Ill will wants to hew
you into smoke

A country is 
a husk deception
a demon bottle

a mad gizzard
(black and blue from gender)
coming to crash
your wild inside canvas

Up the forest lunges
moans a shaking beard
spits a body 
of spreading trousers

See forever
that serpent you annoyed

You bull moon
You skull prince rolling 
for miles
your back
a barbed anatomy

You 
high-heeled express

in a pure-heart jacket
in satin boy kneecaps
and a skinny pink
unicorn suit.

You powder all the pieces
unlace the prettiest voice-over
lipstick could ever kill

Lion ears, you know
the balcony crumbles behind 
you

And still the moon
protrudes 
above 
a purring
one-eyed wonder

See
clumsy love still runs
something