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Hannah Seo
Hannah Seo is a Korean-Canadian young emerging writer and journalist based in New York City. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Barzakh MagazineThe Portland ReviewThe New Limestone Review and Open Minds Quarterly, among others.

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Untitled, despite my want

In the grand male tradition of naming, he called me dear. The name 
was a gift of tenderness. Hearing it felt like the undulating land 
beneath your feet as you step off a boat—ocean inside. 
The delayed pulse of sensation reminded me of the waiting, 
the long, idling undefinition we never quite escaped. 
He named me sweet, and I felt like the sun: red hot 
and dying. It was all very warm and specific. Every space 
my body can spare is hollowed and wanting. As we walk I drift 
and envision us as others might, our chatter an oceanic soundtrack 
in the imagining. What does it mean when the mind occludes 
the eye. What does it mean when it fails to protect the body. 
The meaning comes after the choosing. The rain tries to remind 
me that all a cloud is, is collection—and perhaps I am. But it’s 
too late. I can, and will, burn my tongue for the sake of an ideal. 
Mouth of ice, tasteless, even that feels like definition.