fear feels very down inside the streets
underside of a radially carved logo
with tally deductions and riding crop
chrome lathers the plum
glinting populist flannel
having combed a motel for ear wax
over the manual lever and snifter of
a warehouse portico in frost
skullcap obscenity tips the cherry bowl
xerox a truss crypt blew peddle by
her bagpipe duck answer
red metal squiggle by a thoroughfare
writ on a purple billboard
glued to 1 p.m. sun
Ming-Jer Kuo. From The Everyday Practice of Art, 2010. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert C.L. Crawford’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Nat. Brut, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Ladowich, Powder Keg, Flag + Void, and more. A founding editor of the poetry journal Prelude, recipient of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, he is the author of The Brilliant Family, forthcoming from Counterpoint Press, and his writing was among Flavorwire’s Best Literary Criticism of the Year.
Ming-Jer Kuo, born in Taipei, Taiwan, is a New York-based artist. He worked as an environmental engineer for eleven years before moving to New York to study art. He creates interdisciplinary visual art works inspired by his lens-based media experience, urban living interests, and an engineer’s analytic perspective. Kuo graduated with an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in 2014. He participated in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (2015), is a recipient of the Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement (2014), and was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Taoyuan Creation Award (2011). Kuo was selected in the group exhibitions of New York Hall of Science in New York City (2015), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in New York City (2015), The 2 Gateway Center Gallery in Newark, NJ (2014, 2015), Art Factory in Paterson, NJ (2014), Fotoaura Institute of Photography in Taiwan (2009), and Pingyao International Photography Festival in China (2004).