Cathy Park Hong and Montana Ray

Posted in 2015-2016 Readings and Talks

Cathy Park Hong headshot and Montana Ray headshot

October 6, 2015

Seminar 5:30 PM | Lannan Center (New North 408)
Reading 8:00 PM | Copley Formal Lounge

The Vanishing

— Cathy Park Hong

I want to write like a man, probing
my glitchy mind like it’s the rarest orchid.
But I’m cowed,
impoverished from cursing out,
swallowed in datamine’s bowels, inter-
changeable as lint;
Ruddy Mongol: rant you can’t

wrest it off, Wall-Face, since
the angry Asian is as threatening as an angry

So becalm yourself, salaam into this seat,
and let’s give head to legend’s balding heads!
Can’t hear you, literati’s backbencher,
heir to nothing
in particular, you moot?

Pounding head, then baby’s breath of lights.
Liqueur of cold tears with a coin of crème.
Grind, sip, grind, slug, grind:
I’m done.

From The Paris Review (Winter 2014)
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From guns & butter

— Montana Ray

From Poetry Society of America
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