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9: Jimin Seo

Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Richard Wakes Up in The Middle of The Night

by Jimin Seo

My friend, no one tells you your mortal enemy is yourself, waking up to the middle distance between the marriage bed and the fridge, lamp lit to a soft red glow so I can ford any river, pass the brain fog and the forest of my subconscious, slip two silvers to the bridge troll to walk back into the palace of my lover sound asleep. Why his pillow is the scent of my loss, and the quiet rustle of bedding, dread, I sit softly at my desk and hope light breaks sooner so I am less lonely. Why do we wake up in the middle of the night when no one wants it to happen? What friends will take my calls when there is nobody home to hear my incessant ringing. Who can pick up? Richard, out of doors with drums and pipes, nothing is as it seems. The car blare, musette, the night's music just beginning to crash into light. What's there to chase into myself but myself? 세계는 걸음 소리 휘파람 소리 눈에 들어오는 것은 믿을 것이 안 되고 빵빵대는 차의 소리 뮤제트 밤에 나타날 수밖에 없는 음악 첫 빛을 꽝 박을 수밖에 없는 밤 뒤쫓아야 할 것은 내 자신 뿐일까?

Copyright © 2024 by Jimin Seo.

About the Author

Jimin SeoJimin Seo was born in Seoul, and immigrated to the US to join his family at the age of eight. He is the author of OSSIA, a winner of The Changes Book Prize. His poems can be found in Action Fokus, The Canary, annulet, Pleiades, mercury firs, and The Bronx Museum. His most recent projects were Poems of Consumption with H. Sinno at the Barbican Centre in London, and a site activation for salazarsequeromedina’s Open Pavilion at the 4th Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

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Queer Poem a Day

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and professor Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for this fourth year of our series is from the second movement of the “Geistinger Sonata,” Piano Sonata No. 2 in C Sharp Minor by Ethel Smyth, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by generous donations from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library and the Deerfield Fine Arts Commission.

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