Kimiko Hahn

Kimiko Hahn

Kimiko Hahn’s tenth collection of poetry Foreign Bodies will be out in 2020. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York.

Nov/Dec 2020

On Viscera

By Kimiko Hahn

A broken sestina A chance look out the window, into a squall of white feathers —  what kid shakes a pillow in our alley? I rise for a real look into […]

May/June 2016

VII

By Kimiko Hahn

I never sat around my backyard the night before      heading off to Belize      to study coral reefs                      unlike Professor Sara Lewis and      I would not have compared firefly   sexual […]

Trigger Happy

By Kimiko Hahn

Writing prompts just in time for summer In the throes of bringing up spirited daughters, working, and struggling for time and energy to write, my then-husband remarked, “Funny how the […]

Spring 2000

Vivisection

By Kimiko Hahn

Torso slit neatly as an envelope, the flesh folded back in awe of the love letter I read when I read the disgendered organs with fingers, with lips. I know […]

Spring 2002

Figures

By Kimiko Hahn

More apparent than a Hindoo goddess Blanche Dumas's body sprouted surplus leg, breasts, and genitalia though everyone really possesses supernumerary parts attempting synecdoche. Blanche could practice coitus in both openings, […]

Spring 2002

Like Lavrinia

By Kimiko Hahn

Like Lavrinia Merli, in 1890 in Mojola, Mantua, expired from hysteria and placed in a vault on Thursday, July 3rd, where she regained consciousness, tore at the graves clothes her […]

Winter 2014

Circling a Nest

By Kimiko Hahn

“The shapes of body parts are assumed to have some relation to their purpose” including the human egg—though bird eggs are not round (as in a child’s drawing) which biologists […]

May/June 2016

Brilliance, a Valentine

By Kimiko Hahn

Like fireflies   what I cook up    can present an unpleasant meal            although what I produce      admittedly does not glow       although I wish I could produce glowy  larvae-like  things— sestina, sukiyaki, […]

Nov/Dec 2020

The Earth’s Day

By Kimiko Hahn

Grain and water keep us alive  — like plants, we drink the sunlight —  then, too, ballad and lullaby. With animals, really, coincident. Plants sip up the sunlight. The clouds drink from […]

May/June 2016

VI

By Kimiko Hahn

      Like Professor Sara Lewis  I view the meadow as a stage for passion and yearning    courtship duets and competitions for affection   cruel deception and gruesome death Like the Professor     fluent […]

May/June 2016

IV

By Kimiko Hahn

What can I say?     The cannibal   Photuris firefly that        pounces          bites  then  sucks the blood     of the speciel other               for ill-tasting chemicals which it uses to protect itself […]

May/June 2016

II

By Kimiko Hahn

Like female fireflies     I am remarkably picky      when checking out flashy males because long-lasting pulses     mean a lot     when it comes to say   nuptial gifts      —packages of protein injected with […]

May/June 2016

III

By Kimiko Hahn

Unlike male fireflies      who do not need to burn many extra calories      to make flashes because     only a tiny bit of energy is needed I do burn a lot […]

May/June 2016

V

By Kimiko Hahn

The predator Photuris firefly  sometimes  stages aerial assaults, picking out other species by their flashes and swooping down to attack and other times    sits on a blade of grass, responding […]

July/Aug 2018

The Journal of My Psychidae

By Kimiko Hahn

after Shiki Masaoka’s Verse Record August 17 This morning, H calculated that he’ll be dead within six months. Sitting in the shade, he noticed a juniper branch bobbing and drew […]

Nov/Dec 2020

Seeing to Etiquette

By Kimiko Hahn

The crabgrass and dandelions on the unmown lawn attract flocks of blackbirds and grackles and they look like a neighborhood party, walking in a line, arm’s-length apart, seeking evidence except, […]