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POETRY

The Apprentice’s Dream

  • onMarch 21, 2018
  • Vol.39 Spring 2018
  • byPark Nohae
The Dawn of Labor
2014
172pp.

A long night at the factory
Fatigue creeps over the shoulders
like a cold front

Drrr drrr drrr
Riding the sewing machine, the dream-like sewing machine
the frozen hands of the apprentice
who bears the night on caffeine pills
cuts the rose-colored dream
snips the given-up dreams
hauls the bleeding leather onto the machine
over and over