An Exceptional Design

by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

Snakes and scorpions remain fearful of the Indian peacock, its aplomb like Frank Gehry’s wiggle chair. Wiggle room is for wimps, the purity of the open air needed for antelopes to gambol free. Crushed by heat, the dakinis are raking up the past like dead leaves, the field of fiction another involvement in the love, in its yen for a simpler time. Those were good years of the most ample view, no flattening depictions, none of their dry wit to make vinegar of everything. No relapses into the smug and overworking moralistic. No overstepping into the Pyrenees where these earthy things, and not others, find their happy, eternal place. Chiyo Afanasy has Byrne by the hand and leads him down the asphalt to the old macadam road: “Hush, street hawkers, I want to understand the calling / of the conductor in repose. / There you go your way, unknown and mellow / in spirit / Above your bodies flying / these sad-eyed whispers / like music from one kissing gate to another.” On a patio is the box-spring cleaning itself off for the dakinis. They intend to make a go-cart of it and visit the dugongs halfway. “For supper,” the dugongs insist, “off Manitoulin Island where the trees still make their own garlands.”

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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