Zoo

Piscine skin, unblinking eyes.
Sideshow invites foreigner with the animal hide.

Alveolar tt, sibilant ss, and glottal hh

Shi:                          poem
Kkatchi:                  magpie
Ayi:                          child

Words with an atavistic tail. History’s thorax considerably
cracked. The Hottentot click called undeveloped.

Mother and father obsessed with hygiene:
as if to rid themselves of their old third world smell.

—Cathy Park Hong, Translating Mo’um

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