Tracy Quan

#ask_me_anything

no limb
this animal
whisker not

burdened by
one mammoth

sensible
ornament
gains

independence
without

inconvenient
bayonet

morph into
Pegasus

be picturesque

surprise
will be

the flavor
not the
fact… Read more

Seeing Myself as a Mayan Mother

Thousands of years ago,
Mayans built superhighways
connecting impressive cities
later abandoned, now buried
beneath miles of jungle.

Like the dinosaur demise,
scientists can only speculate
what happened to the … Read more

Shattered like glass

For Azaan Khan

An innocent life shattered like glass:
handlebar dreams once pure and bright.
United we stand at the Berkley impasse

because of a drunken monster of gas.
Threats … Read more

When they kick in

your instincts may lead you
to the ocean’s floor or
the banks of a sandy beach,

whether you’re a fish
or human, or some species
in between. You may be … Read more

Nicodemus

Those sudden shifts …
Wind at midnight rattles windows.
A girl finishes with imagination before morning
And wakes from a nightmare.
The father stops the glass of water.
The nurse … Read more

Some Lake in Ukraine

The dam broke Wednesday and the Dnieper waters poured.
Now Kakhovka reservoir can’t be fished in, anymore.
That Concrete wall rose 98 feet—98 feet from deep to peak!
Then it … Read more

Going Deep

How far down can you go
before colliding with your dreams?
Do they sink, will they float,
can you strap them on and fly
where nobody has flown before.
Is … Read more

Odeon

Olivia
Hussey’s
sugar
poisoned
hope

for
Zeffirelli’s
nimble
suicides
I woke

dark air
in Mother’s
tattered
studio

bathroom light
caress my
kindergarten
skin

the landlord’s
library

Juliet
rhetorical

are you… Read more

Watching

I keep watching YouTube videos
of the Russian war on Ukraine
of drones bombing soldiers
in their trenches, trucks, and tanks,
taking you to the moment of impact,
to the … Read more

Man Of The Moment

It’s truly the time of our lives,
the age of the besuited bureaucrat
the middle-class white male
middling this and middling that
geographically limited,
culturally limited,
intellectually bereft
darling of … Read more

Betelgeuse Is Dying

Betelgeuse, we are told, is dying –
on the verge of a supernova
dimmer, now brighter, shape-shifting
toward its own inevitable end.
Will it become another “guest” star
like those … Read more