National Poetry Month Day 5: Franny Choi


Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the forthcoming Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has received fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Helen Zell Writers Program. She is a Kundiman fellow, Senior News Editor at Hyphen Magazine, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. 


The Cyborg Watches a Video of a Neo-Nazi Saying Her Name

it’s my face  :  on the screen

it’s his mouth  :  my syllables  :  he points
for the room  :  they smirk  & she looks so sweet  :  & the laughing

moves  :  from the speakers into  :  my apartment
into aperture  :  into light  :  my photograph  :  my shape

into pinhole  :  o  :  they think they’re eating it  :  my face

they think it’s  :  melting  :  on their bulbous tongues  :  o they
think that’s my name  :  they’re crushing  :  like a pill

f  :  r  :  into white chalk  :
________________________o  :  i  :  collapsed  :  o

o decoy  :  cloying dipthong  :  o pixelated song
o wall  :  of sugar  :  LCD forcefield  :  keeping teeth at bay

while i stay  :  wrapped in blankets  :  biodegradable

pockmarked  :  bitter  :  & hard  :  o too
hard  :  for his kind  :  to pronounce


Author photograph © Tarfia Faizullah.

Original poetry published by The Rumpus. More from this author →