[Realpoetik] TOPHER HEMANN

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Mon Oct 24 06:34:41 PDT 2011


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*for Matthias Regan*

thinking thru things

the material of it

what I thought

it would be was

more solid, more

like this voice is

almost an audible

pressure behind ear

drum—it's a click

thinking thru light

switches the ease

with which faucets

expect water

every thing broken

reveals its utility

a hammer bare to tang

returns to its

unhandleable lump

but not its purpose:

thru new verbs material

shifts as a mind

grapples not so much

with what it is but what

the word for it does

pressing against the ear

*Topher** Hemann* grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he worked as a
stonemason, landscaper and gardener.  He graduated from the University of
Chicago's MAPH program in 2006. He has lived in South Korea since 2007 and
teaches in the College English Program at Seoul National University.  His
poems have recently appeared in *The Cultural Society*.

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