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Nazonazo

BY KAREN AN-HWEI LEE

 

1. 

As I slept, a voice—

If you say I love you, 
you are correct. 

If you think I do not love, 
you are in the dark. 

Who am I? 

2. 

The blind woman said: 

Walk in your fullness 
as a ______. 

Do not let others rob 
your blessing. 

3. 
The tithers pay 

salaries of those 
who do not tithe. 

Who are they? 

4. 

Nazonazo—

question one is God. 
Two is a poet. 

Third, mitsubachi, 
is Japanese for bees. 

 

 

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), selected for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize by Heather McHugh and chosen for the Norma Farber First Book Award by Cole Swensen. A former writing resident at the MacDowell Colony of the Arts and the Millay Arts Colony and recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant, she currently chairs the English Department at a faith-based college in southern California, where she is also a novice harpist.