about the author

Bo Schwabacher’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in CutBank, diode, Muzzle, Redivider, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Word Riot, and elsewhere. She teaches at Northern Arizona University.


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Two Poems  

Bo Schwabacher



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how to say “i love you” in Korean (wikiHow.com)

I don’t know what I’m saying when I say, “sarang-hamnida”
to the woman who runs Hanuri Korean B.B.Q. Restaurant.

It’s a formal way of saying I love you
to an elder, a stranger, one whom you respect

—she puts her hand on my back and walks me to the door,
“Okay, yeah, I love you too,”

which is an informal way of saying: you are my pumpkin.

I think I’m trying to say—i miss you and would like to take you out for barely
     tea
,
or maybe asking a question: Where is the bathroom? & How do I get back to
     my hotel?


I am sick. Happy birthday. Stay with me.




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My Adoptive Mother’s Ghost Town: Jerome, Arizona

What is the
Korean

word for ghost?
My mother

took me to
a hotel.

There’s a man
in a cow

-boy hat who
watches you

sleep
, she said
and left the

light on.
Her body

opened, a
dried cocoon:





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