A Gogyohka and the Forgotten Panopticon

by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

There, a quiet remembrance –
thin walls, colloquium

volte-face, inversions
the same mirrored shine and glass

so we sleep better
slipping naked under sheets

and altercations
and always inward-looking

the way your pulse races up
percussive, a paper plane

forgive our gentle lapses

both of us paper tigers
among the horses
the quadriga shifting shades

Ofi Press Literary Magazine

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Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books. The titles span the genres of ethnography, journalism, creative nonfiction, and poetry, several edited pro bono for non-profit organizations including Sok Sabay Cambodia, Riding for the Disabled Association, and the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. Previously an entertainment and lifestyle journalist, Desmond has traveled to Australia, France, Hong Kong and Spain for his stories, culminating in the authorship of the limited edition Top Ten TCS Stars for Caldecott Publishing. Trained in book publishing at Stanford University, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame, he is the recipient of the Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, and Singapore Internationale Grant, with his poetry and fiction appearing in nine chapbooks, various anthologies, and over 140 literary journals. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay, his ceramic works housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

Last updated September 14, 2011