"Fugue for Eye and Vanishing Point"

"Fugue for Eye and Vanishing Point"

"Fugue for Eye and Vanishing Point"

A weekly poem, read by the author.
Sept. 23 2003 11:16 AM

Fugue for Eye and Vanishing Point

Listen to Suji Kwock Kim reading this poem. Give me the clarity, the sharpness of a season when things are plainly themselves. No smear of dreaming on the dirt. Let my eye see without seeking more than what's there, and find what is is sweet. Bleach-fumes. Urine. Cement. Bus-exhaust. Oil glittering on pistons. Soiled needles wrapped in butcher paper. Infinite engine trapped in skin.

Suji Kwock Kim's first book, Notes From the Divided Country, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have been featured in The Nation, the New Republic, Paris Review, and on NPR's Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.