nominalism is a liquid kuhi

by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

solomonic column, white
scraped clean of spirals

here lies a similar name
safe, lamp-lit passage

maybe tomorrow, a shine

as a flute flourished
flushed garlands atop, around
us wet down, barley sugar

too extravagant with hope?
frugal enough with old dreams?

preserved, these dreams flower white

as sitting exhorts us, still
as a liturgy cooing
its soliloquy

new and different
a silent weeping, whisper
to recover this –

an ice-sheet soul, white
flash, bright glacial creak

The Oral Tradition

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé's picture

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 May 31, 2011