August Poem of the Month — Tanya Hyonhye Ko


The sun is going down—disappearing like me.
I, holding onto the light,
the last capture of my sight. Soon

my blood will spurt like a burst pipe
over the warm summer field.

The greedy animal will satisfy his thirst.
Go ahead, eat me, eat all of me.

Do not tranquilize me.
Do not close my eyes.
I will watch how you steal my life.

The wind is piercing through me.

I tell you—
I wasn’t even here.

Tanya Hyonhye Ko, MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles, was born and raised in South Korea. She has published two books of poetry and one collection of essays. Her poetry collection, Generation 1.5, is bilingual, Korean and English.