• In All the Futures

    Emily Jungmin Yoon

    Summer 2021

    You are still on the island we love,
    you are in a bathtub, twice framed by water,

    and let’s say in this scenario,
    the red-whiskered bulbul that was born

    outside our door, nesting by the desiccated toad,
    is now seventy years old.

    Say we believed enough times
    with thorough sincerity the promises

    that we will happen to die
    on the same day. For

    all these years, we let the old waves
    fold over our ordinary heads

    Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco 2018), winner of the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award and finalist for the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is the poetry editor for The Margins and a PhD candidate in Korean Literature at the University of Chicago. 

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