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What’s On Our Minds: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee – LEMON HOUND 3.0


Day recedes to darkness
Day seen through the veil of night
Translucent grey film cast between daylight and dark
dissolving sky to lavender
to mauve to white until night overcomes.
Hardly a murmur
Between dark and night
Suspend return of those who part with rooms
While shadows ascent   then equally fade
Suspension of the secret in abandoned rooms
Passing of secret unknown to those who part
Day receding to dark
Remove light    Re move sounds to far. To farther.
Absence full. Absence glow. Bowls. Left as they are.
Fruit as they are. Water in glass as beads rise to the rim.
Radiant in its immobility of silence.
As night re   veils the day.


– Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982)


Today I’ve been thinking of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s “Aller/Retour” which appears in her experimental novel Dictee, originally published in 1982. My copy sits to my right, dog-eared and underlined. This poem appears in a series where we will explore other authors interactions with the text. 

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) was a poet, filmmaker, and artist. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee (1982) was put back into print by University of California Press in 2009.

This poem has been posted with permission from University of California Press.

Source: What’s On Our Minds: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee – LEMON HOUND 3.0

The Believer Logger – Reading Bhanu Kapil — Reading Bhanu Kapil

The Believer Logger – Reading Bhanu Kapil — Reading Bhanu Kapil.

from Dictee, by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

You wait when you think it is conceiving you wait it
to seed you think you can see through the dark earth
the beginning of a root, the air entering with the
water being poured dark earth harbouring dark taken
for granted the silence and the dark the conception
seedling. Chaste the silence and the dark the concep-
tion seedling. Chaste you wait you are supposed to
you are to wait for the silence to break you wait for
the implanting of some dark silence same constant as
a field distant and close at the same time you shiver some
place in between one of the dandelion seedling vague
air shivering just before the entire flower to burst and
scatter without designated time, even before its own
realization of the act, no premonition not preparation.
All of a sudden. All of a sudden without warning. No
holding back, no retreat, no second thought forward.
Backward. There and not there. Remass and disperse.
Convene and scatter.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Dictee, University of California Press, 2001.

My thanks to Sergio Pereira for opening my eyes to, in his words, “an extraordinary and
b o u n d l e s s book! Theresa Hak Kyung Cha or the incantatory poetry in motion.” ~ DF

In Gray There is Multiplicity by Eileen Myles



In Gray There is Multiplicity by Eileen Myles.