To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour –William Blake

Mirrors

In our present day of globalization in which cross-cultural understanding is crucial in establishing a worldwide community of diversity within unity, striving to be mirrors for others as well as seeking mirrors in others for self-reflection is necessary for genuine understanding. Both components are essential in our work toward cross-cultural understanding, toward a “fusion of […]

Waiting

I stopped waiting for her years ago. Ba said she was my Má. Whenever she held me in her arms and smoothed the waves out in my hair, she said I must have belonged to a black GI and another woman. Still, she sang songs to me that were written before liberation. At the age […]

“Where one may float between blue and blue.” –George Eliot

Bougainvillea

beneath the Koʻolau bright paper leaves hearts and thorns a childhood in Sàigon pressed in memory

The Way of the Tail

“The Circular Ruin,” Borges. The Universe in a Single Atom, Dalai Lama. The Woman Destroyed, Simone De Beauvoir. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino. The Plague, Albert Camus. The Lover, Marguerite Duras. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder. Humble Before the Void, Chris Impey. Middle Passage, Charles Johnson. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera. Dao De Jing, Laozi. “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight,” Ursula […]

All the Pretty Horses

In the first volume of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, 16-year-old John Grady Cole set off for Mexico with his friend Rawlins. At a riverside, a younger boy, Blevins, riding a beautiful, presumably stolen horse, joined them. When Rawlins asked, “What the hell would we want you with us for?” Blevins answered, “Cause I’m an American,” […]