Travis Chi Wing Lau

Lapse
The holding pattern
between approach
and deferral:
asymptotic,
a grinding toward
the pocket of
things (not
quite,
almost)
like Jarndyce,
near, far
wherever you
think you are.
But there are
exigencies,
the matter
of blood
quickening,
clotting
like the neck
of the glass
of sand.
A grain closer,
maybe,
just maybe.

Nostos
The wrath of pale
recollection is
sequences spun in
silence, the
way the loom
sings across seas
to islands that
bear their own fruit.
Thrumming isles,
the channels of a heart
can be with the turn
of a stuttered phrase—
incompletion so
organic in its
faces full,
backlit by a
brightness so
imperceptible by
eyes too used to
straining toward
closure because
they can never
wholly turn
away.

Travis Chi Wing Lau is a Franklin/Fontaine doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Department of English. His research interests include 18th- and 19th-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, the history of medicine, disability studies, His academic writing has been published in Journal of Homosexuality, Romantic Circles, and English Language Notes. His creative writing has appeared in Atomic, Feminine Inquiry, Wordgathering, Assaracus, Rogue Agent, Deaf Poets Society, Up the Staircase Quarterly and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology.