Issue 35, Final Fringe

Notes toward a Surrealist Valentine

by Michael Leong Issue 25 02.14.2011

(after Breton)

your nose like an ancient pyramid

your throat like
a labyrinth of isotopes
your forehead like
a backwards palindrome

your forehead like a cathode ray

your hair like hibernation
like unrecyclable plastic
like a flipbook
of vintage barcodes
like an unfinished game
of backgammon
your hair
like the power
of ALACAZAM                                                                                    

) your eyebrow like
an axiom of archery
))) like an assassin
in the form of a circumflex
))))) like Quetzalcoatl
))))))) your eyebrow like a
one-way boomerang

your ass like a
master class
in ventriloquism, like
an improbable zeugma
your ass like a time-machine

your pupil like Beta Centauri
like the dot of the final “i”
in the word

your wrists like a double helix
like habeas corpus
[like pandemonium writ large]

your moles like fragments
of an epic in dot matrix,
like irregular satellites
in Jupiter’s retinue of moons


your back like
an unfretted fingerboard
your brain like a
hyperbaric chamber,
like a dodecahedron
like a conglomerate
of renegade search engines
your thighs
like a sheet of fabric softener
your nose like
The Universal Fulcrum
your elbows
like Ankylosaurus
your ribs like a Venus flytrap
your tongue
like a stick of incense made
of pheromones
your tongue
like the Dead Sea Scrolls

your fingers like
intravenous needles, like
a pair of pince-nez
like Shakespeare’s
Sonnet 130
recited perfectly in Portuguese

Michael Leong

Michael Leong

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Michael Leong is the author of two books of poetry—e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009) and Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions / The Brooklyn Rail, forthcoming)—and two chapbooks—The Great Archivist’s / Cloudy Quotient (Beard of Bees Press, 2010) and Midnight’s Marsupium (Forks, Knives and Spoons Press, forthcoming). His translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, I, the Worst of All, was published by BlazeVOX [books] in 2009. He lives in New York City and blogs at and