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MORNING ABLUTION by Khaty Xiong

Salt heavy—my oxen skin overrun & ringing Sunday plum—bodies whetted & sold in the East— fruits without flowers—the winter prostitute steel plowed—tender how she glows as the ocean would have me losing ear & piece— passage through veil—each tooth in place for feast...

      Salt heavy—my oxen skin overrun & ringing

Sunday plum—bodies whetted & sold in the East—

 

fruits without flowers—the winter prostitute

      steel plowed—tender how she glows

 

as the ocean would have me losing ear & piece—

      passage through veil—each tooth in place for feast

                 in the haunt of our Lord—so we bend—

 

fever in quarters—marred as the crown comes portal

      —renewed vagina—the anus a master throat—

 

…debts I give back despite the dead—Cyclamen

      without ascent—ascending bloom in gain

 

to lay waste—the sun landing

on every spider

 

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About Khaty Xiong

Khaty Xiong
Khaty Xiong is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Deer Hour (New Michigan Press, 2014) and Elegies (University of Montana, 2013). Xiong’s work has been featured in The New York Times and Verse Daily, and Poetry Society of America. Her debut collection Poor Anima (Apogee Press, 2015) is the first full-length collection of poetry published by a Hmong American woman in the United States. More of her work can be found at khatyxiong.com. Currently, she resides in Gahanna, OH.