Nolan Lee, “Fishing in a Concave Mirror”

Nolan Lee is a Korean-American poet from New Jersey. He enjoys the work of Cathy Park Hong, Anne Carson, and Federico Garcia Lorca. His work is to be published in indicia and Élan.

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Fishing in a Concave Mirror

I am no less than a rainbow cuttlefish, awake in a year of peach trees.
He fishes in the fountain’s waters, sleepy enough to reel a pink one.
One should throw the sweet thing back, alone as both are in the courtyard.
It is snowing a white ash, gone as what it coats with where, when,

gone from the water’s conflagration, a sailor (shut-eyed) calls it St. Elmo’s fire.
Alone in old wishes and new symbols, a poet notes the fundamental elements.
Sleepy as drowning’s end, Nick says we should take care of ourselves.
Awake in a year of peach trees, I have still missed the farmer’s market.

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