Say we no longer bear witness to a body-politic of trauma
by anesthesia or erasure. Say we cover our eyes
to crossed olive-wood beams on a hill. Modes of witness
expose our inadequacy, the human. Forgetting
is a sign—yes, a thing once existed. Say we
Karen An-hwei Lee
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo Press, 2012). She lives and teaches in the greater Los Angeles area.