October 13, 2011KR OnlinePoetry


The first night, your rigid body
and sobbing, exchanged
for the story about finding the star chart
in the sea chart. I trade

even that for the story about inside
you the story welling up
because I broke something

natural, the story clots
to keep you whole, it does
really look like skin eventually,
like an original you.

Nick Admussen is an assistant professor of Chinese Literature at Cornell University. His fourth chapbook of poetry, Neither Nearing Nor Departing, is now available for preorder from Two of Cups Press. Floral Mutter, his translations of the Sichuan poet Ya Shi, won a PEN/Heim grant and are forthcoming from Zephyr Press in April 2018. His website is nickadmussen.com.