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Miho Kinnas
Three Poems

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I live on an islandMiho Kinnas
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Hometown


 

I hear my name

in my mother’s voice —

a missing shoe

 

Dark tulips disappear 

into the shadow leaving

white ones behind

 

The sound catalogue:

tofu seller’s brass horn, tap

water gushing, a baby’s cry

 

 

 

Dead Tide

 

The crab 

the size of my footprint

flesh picked out.

The walking legs are splayed 

like a discarded face mask

The swimming legs had a plan.

 

 

 

Three Shrimp Boats On The Horizon 

 

.....Moon..............White...............Seagulls.

.....Kites................Cirrus...............Horizon.

.....Air....................Water...............Wishes.

 

.....Turn................Wait..................Listen.

.....Shades...........Mirrors.............Distance.

.....Depth.............Tones................Whispers.

 

.....Prussian.........Blues................Strings.

.....Cries...............Lost...................Crystal.

.....Rock...............Paper................Scissors.

 

Miho Kinnas

Miho Kinnas is the author of two poetry collections, Today, Fish Only (2014) and Move Over, Bird (2019) from Math Paper Press. Her translations of Japanese poetry have appeared in Poetry Kanto, Literary Shanghai, and Star*Light, Science Fiction Poetry Association. She holds a MFA in Poetry from City University of Hong Kong and leads haiku/renku and translation workshops. The past workshop locations include Pat Conroy Literary Festival, Harvard Art Museum, Shanghai Literary Festival, Life Long Learning of Hilton Head, Bluffton Book Fair, and local schools. She organizes a community bookshop, An Island Bookshelf on Hilton Head Island, SC, where she and her husband reside.