Hoa Nguyen


To seek too much attention etc
To be careful and mouth all the words
My glories are morning and purple

You too like a vine cling and closing
blue violet         ()

Marvin Gaye would sing

What is a Cry House for
(crying in the house)

I forgot why I wept
last night     It was children
& dark      I wear a silk
camisole      do I

and a cheap black

Here is where the poet
ends a line with a preposition

Here is a brown pastel scribble
and should be shamed

Can glitter? I show
off all the time

Should start
dinner         and the surface is scored
the impressions trying too hard

I want the root of the words
not the fucking use
made purposed and stupid

I mean the seed or nut of it

I have a shrub head and a tree
body    handy cavity for storing nuts
or squirrels of maybe this means
rooted brainy ability
to walk with root feet
tanned neck

Many any root feet be

May my root feet be


The tomatoes look like one-pound
ox hearts and impossible
you with strong soft arms (gift)

I lifted the skin and drank
the camping white wine
swirled into circles         Am the
protected sheet in between? The
pines strung with blue      protectively?

I think of you as the pine crust
oak stairs     boys’ feet       free
crystal center

We find red for vivid
fucking     red for uncontrollable
birth blood and my
tongue color

Captured me at first

I know I’m not to be the center

It does
It has aches

for Marina Lazzara—from her note in October

If you get this
before you leave

take some California Irises
home with you

Put in fridge until Spring

Plant in circle

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX where they lived for 14 years. The author of eight books and chapbooks, she currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she teaches poetics in a private workshop and at Ryerson University. Wave Books published her third full-length collection of poems, As Long As Trees Last, in September 2012.