Soul Mates: A Poem by Brandon Shimoda

From His New Collection The Desert

September 4, 2018  By Brandon Shimoda
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My soul mates
Have yet to be conceived

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Underneath the mating
Of surrogate spirits  vacating bodies
By the minute

 

Directed
To live by, but I
Want to live
By the future

Ordure

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I want to eat it     I want to feed it

 

A pool-like visage

On the crumpling horizon
Synthesized from what was being
Said or done   or done or said

And what I do

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Not know

I think about

The trash

That captivates
The critical essence of soul mates

Heaven for a body that never starves

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Is always starving   Drain the trash?
Fated to be

Ballast for the mass

 

The trash must gleam
In the middle of the desert

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From The DesertUsed by permission of The Song Cave. Copyright © 2018 by Brandon Shimoda.




Brandon Shimoda
Brandon Shimoda
Brandon Shimoda is a yonsei poet/writer, and the author of several books, most recently The Grave on the Wall (City Lights, 2019), which received the PEN Open Book Award. He has two books forthcoming: Hydra Medusa (Nightboat Books, 2023) and a book on the afterlife of Japanese American incarceration (City Lights, 2024), which received a Creative Nonfiction grant from the Whiting Foundation.








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