Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde


Ingrid Dijkers

as with senryu a ticking clock

marlowe speaks with donne
the tea’s minty aftertaste
like winter’s first snow

now anonymous
design, tonal, of nature
now a personage

its anthropomorph
calling out to the north wind
to quell the storm cloud

augment the loud yawp
downdrift of barnacle geese
flying with the sky

fauvism is a tumbleweed haiku

retinue footnote
a passing into hearsay
red nosegay

reels prying apart anew

dead asterisk –
petalage of watermarks
also eulogy

also eulogy
for henry james in the shade
chupalla spinning

he needs a wednesday
middles to tumble a graph
four parabolae

crushed letter in his fist

eudaemonism in a senryu novel

that one’s new fiction
remains on the shore, its sand
a clean slate, of shale

and a lithosphere
so together, angels buck
unsaddled riders

that muscles and arch
untether wings, village tale
turned big history

turned siltstone, hammer
brought to its edge, a chisel
to bear its own weight

solarism is a leaning of senryu

gap between chance and premise
its inches three steps too wide

not the nonetheless or please
not forever of nods
or a walk to corner street

this sun eclipsing itself

naked, your body a sheen
backlit, the thrust stage ornate

no aprons on the sidewalk
as with the sun and their eyes

who will bury the adage?

velvet mood to dull
senses as muddy, half moon
no walls and stopped time

Based in Singapore, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has recent or forthcoming work in Cyclamens and Swords, Floorboard Review, Legendary, Nano Fiction, Oral Tradition, Pank, Smoking Poet, Straylight, and Whale Sound. A recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Dr Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, he has edited more than 10 books and co-produced 3 audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Also working in clay, Desmond sculpts commemorative ceramic pieces, these works housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. More information available at: Saatchi Online.

Desmond Kon at Whale Sound

Desmond Kon at Very Like a Whale