[9. Elliptical / Tangential]

Nam Le

Tell it slant.

Did you know

 You can make a perfect circle

  With only straight lines

     If you honour every tangent.

           Hybrid of thereness and not.

                Asymptotic, liminal event


                       Space with no value

                             Lines with no width.

                                  The limen defines itself.

                                         The limit approaches.

                                                           A white complicity.

                                                                           An inference.

Nam Le is the author of the forthcoming collection 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem. His work has received major awards in America, Europe, and Australia and is widely translated and taught.
Originally published:
October 18, 2023


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