Kimiko Hahn Poems

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1.
In Childhood

things don't die or remain damaged
but return: stumps grow back hands,
a head reconnects to a neck,
a whole corpse rises blushing and newly elastic.
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2.
A Bowl Of Spaghetti

"To find a connectome, or the mental makeup of a person,"
researchers experimented with the neurons of a worm
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3.
The Dream Of A Fire Engine

Without the sun filtered through closed eyelids,
without the siren along the service road,
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4.
Giraffes

After skimming the Sunday Times, Dad turned to the back of the magazine
and tore out the crossword puzzle for his mother in Wisconsin—
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5.
The Sweetwater Caverns

Curious to see caverns,
we detoured in Tennessee
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6.
The Dream Of A Lacquer Box

I wish I knew the contents and I wish the contents
Japanese —
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7.
The Dream of Knife, Fork, and Spoon

I can't recall where to set the knife and spoon.
I can't recall which side to place the napkin

or which bread plate belongs to me. Or
how to engage in benign chatter.
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8.
The Dream of Shoji

How to say milk? How to say sand, snow, sow,

linen, cloud, cocoon, or albino?
How to say page or canvas or rice balls?
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9.
Not Nothing

A map on tissue. A mass of wire. Electricity of the highest order.
Somewhere in this live tangle, scientists discovered—

like shipmates on the suddenly-round earth—
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10.
Alarm

Before doctors learn how it is that the brain's lights turn on, they may have to know a lot more about what's happening when the lights are off.
—Benedict Carey
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