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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Robert Perchan's latest books are the comic futuristic novella Tropic of Scorpio (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2022) and Last Notes from a Split Peninsula: Poems and Prose Poems (UnCollected Press, 2021). His poetry collection Fluid in Darkness, Frozen in Light won the 1999 Pearl Poetry Prize and was published by Pearl Editions in 2000. Bob continues to eat and drink and write in Busan, South Korea, under the bemused gaze of his translator wife, Mi-kyung Lee.

Robert Perchan

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The Breathless Poem

features an oak, a rose
perhaps a climbing vine

a bird on a twig
a robin maybe

darting in and out
the dappled shadows

sun setting or risen
or moonglow upon

a body of water
river or lake deep

and a drowning.