Marsh Hawk Review is an online poetry journal sponsored by the Marsh Hawk Press collective. Marsh Hawk Review will appear twice a year, under the revolving editorship of collective members. Each issue will offer a selection of poems solicited by the editor, in addition to new work posted by poets in the collective.

Monday, March 7, 2011



            for John Yau

monolithic tree mushroom stem squid

braised rainbow mangrove maw

double pronged rhizome berry pig sniper

shepherd’s sponge spigot

beef cheek ricochet

preserved duck eggplant implosion

pungent heliotrope of oyster pouch

salted forehead belly blossom

chicken web monad broth

silver fin swimming membrane flavor

retinal eel matrix

bamboo vertigo

triple tongue cocoon in tube sauce

gluteal libidinal shrimps

A note on the text: this poem was inspired by the phrase “monolithic tree mushroom stem squid” which occurs in the The New York Times article “Shanghai Is Trying to Untangle the Mangled English of Chinglish” (May 2, 2010).