Gesture Theory: A Villanelle

by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

The script of leaving the wine to chill
The script of adding rosemary
The script of simmering baby turnips

The script of echoes in Annapurna
The script of grasped palms
The script of Walter Benjamin in Portbou

The script of this windward side
The script of sardines in a knapsack
The script of dance like a circling

The script of naked shadows
The script of an oath
The script of wet soil against skin

The script of fountain pen poems
The script of wrapping the glass
The script of breathing in the morning

The script of reading Thoreau’s truism
The script of hiding the luggage key
The script of blind love
The script of the dog-eared page


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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 May 31, 2011