for Malcolm born October 15, 1989
Lilacs to the post foretold Learning fetch of water ranges lingering Funnel thirty merges temporal wreath For shelter the pounding sheet rain ponder shir rain roof Hovers it starts start over field and plain mute forging how compass Locate a thousand arrows deciphering one degree salted (down) By granite specked by pink fraction to aim so Uterus as uphill child's heartbeat repentant am in Distinct from awash of mother blood rimless to whole Without specifics, wind broken participle Pins joints held forth two a nestle axis to tunnel As axis what revolves three behest insistence Lilacs to the post foretold In the first in three as Signal and hook fey lingual was all claim ocean seaweed magnet ocean pull cement the fore the ground wells the water smelt smell wells the water water and blood and salt weight of ten skies falling mother and father to all done about/lost that/round as bushes trench lines last lines converted fathomable cardinals' red founding colony the streams and cows the structure of /taken to his new mother's cabin clothed, fed roasted corn/ Mississippi River where he was born water by measure secret as grass no one believes the place or its trees the voice or this scape as supposed Tombs of women ornamented Who wants me dead The children are the children are the children are Stopping on the plain Common table for Conjure golden Sheep and sausage Spectacle and rain Plenty of water Plenty hands Tiny pinprick infects the entire leg Once at home, she must cook dinner Take my arm andhoist it over head over impoverished Said kept working loo oo names and censors Not knowing shoes from encasements Drenched. Interrupted. Cowered to pelting Rearing ravage savage Relunctant ear In an effort to render a-s-m-o-d-i-c Every hook a station full the pit Pool(s) civilian 643,000 tons To grasp the whole plate Everywhere mawk mawk ordnung Ordnung ordnance ordonnance in the new King's name drums And pig squeals (January 1991) Aloft as fish said that diapering wash Sun recognition face arms toes count to count There divulge magnet blood Begin with ordinary speech Undertow return to the site meadow a clearing Supple sieve for granite To effect it was to travel por allottery By effort of steam by wild strawberry under poison oak In the long recess of left to rot sirens' beckon Bellow betrayer soporific So much noise And then the name of the other Traces harbinger crooked to lime How [is the case in which] her time suffices for her Crosses over to her willow Wallow statement spectacle Pledged to appear Would get closer Lilac wander Soak spine Unite all three Father look/mother -- task Mother I Mast Horizon Burn Salt From blank to blank / A threadless way
Mother confused with earth Ankles leather bound Henceforth return to the position of the seed Upon her feet two sons four daughters Head a bent a foul rhythm of elbows and knees Shell once spoken (speaker) recognize by fin by frond Left for dead the penetrable body mothers Stories to crust abeyance Divested wander white bespoken On that recounting with bulbs and flowers woven Rendering afloat recognition the mill Who will know us embankment out of sequence Preparedness state of preparedness on behalf prepare Material compel it fixed and evident Site of denuded trees Absence charged with hand and foot chest and nipple Upon the thr-- Who last ate sitting down anticipate his mouthful Enter woodland and waste perspective thumbprint worn Weapon affront lungs out Demise detail weight of a head insupportable Called to attention wooden capacity leap Fruit bowl stand at counter at readiness Thinned to white foam recognize it as ocean/ /scrape Commerce complicit undifferentiated Riotous blood to its root betrayal when Milk mother boy to bone plumb plunder thinking Outheld outlandish property skew mud Imprint wail time and acre [As well as his eagerness to despoil us of our property] Face for nations albeit feathers father masked ones To protect our heads from falling projectiles Sword slit sixth month pregnancy held to command Slew bayonet Kwang-ju sister pumpkin spill lantern world Carnations red for mothers living white for dead In each school room repeated white blooming Owned random slipper streets made to appear wet Bales of hay in the incinerating field Grip of iron in the chidrenís throats Because the face was hidden and the money was painted Manipulation prevent what emergent story Rank and degree speak amiss stunned have Hasty hemisphere issuance gutteral meet time Conflagration dividing cells their imprison Tools and adjustments called family in habit Dominion hankering position Vain lain barrow burrow Ripe mellon on grindstone Serve affect yoke stamped Material responsible for temperature Features enslavement slung over shoulder What and wet nurse and institution Concave freshly slaughtered chicken every rising Couldn't recall agency by which to relate Admonishment arrive sooner rather Witness attendant authority Brack bracken lichen slip word this bare arms current Pulps of teeth fit exact amount of profit Rough approximate relative Superfluous ownership skirts ballooning under water Mutter call it was flurry fury Scale wrought minimum Pressive [ruin] Tend attend log by log premise Nameless indeterminate climb fence and pole Subsume white generational white Malice so turns matter of this matter proceed Firepath vestigial Point blank inner written last abode Number of live births Radial amid intone Every locuter world of particular Mother's daughter born// Ton a designation fluent full Inflection rooting variegated Emblazon affirm infinitive Formand door variable green vestry Forage fervent reclaim Sword to method Let diligence still standing chimney Register derivative
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NOTES 1. "From blank to blank / A threadless way" -- Emily Dickinson 2. Kwang-ju: (South Korea) site of civilian uprising in May 1980 that left an estimated 2,000 dead when armed forces were deployed under joint U.S.-Korean command. 3. "her, and reading" -- Anne-Marie Albiach
Previous publication of excerpts from The Bounty: Parts of I first appeared in Hambone and Avec. Parts of II first appeared in Notus and Black Bread. Part of III first appeared in Lyric &. The Bounty is the title poem of Myung Mi Kim's second book, which will be forthcoming from Chax Press early in 1996. The book may be ordered from Chax at the pre-publication price of $8.00, including shipping. Price after publication will be $12.00 + $2.00 shipping and handling. Chax Press P.O. Box 19178 Minneapolis, MN 55419-0178 612-721-6063 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 1995 by Myung Mi Kim.
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