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 three books, including Phyla of Joy (Tupelo, 2012), Ardor (Tupelo, 2008), and In Media Res (Sarabande, 2004), winner of the Norma Faber First Book Award. She works in university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University and lives in San Diego, California.