White Plains

By: Haesong Kwon


Sullen little punk
that I was
wearing a day’s
worth of thistle,
below the city
bridge – and out
again – to claim
all my alley thoughts.

I could pan around
the city bus
counting change
inside all the worn
pockets, as I take
back to him
that hard song
to learn.



Haesong Kwon was born in Incheon, Korea, and came to the United States with his family when he was eight. He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his poems appear in Eleven Eleven, Columbia Poetry Review, Matter and others. His chapbook, Many Have Fallen, is forthcoming from Cutbank Books. He lives in Shiprock, New Mexico and is an instructor of English at Dine’ College.