Lessons in Korean

Diana Keren Lee

The geometry of hangul

vowels and consonants

a rising and falling

of lines, of circles

the sides of a square

I am syllabic, I am divided

by sight, by sound

I can speak, but I speak slowly

constructing a puzzle

I am Altaic

I am mountainous

the narrative does not end

but there will not always be

time to search for words

that once burned