2 poems by Jonathan Wittmaier

Jonathan Wittmaier

A dumpling does what a dumpling does

It floats, it bobs, it tumbles to the floor.

On the inside—hollow, nothing but air
And some soft squishy dough

Fill it with onion, chives,
some minced pork; all mashed 
up in a thick filling,
the same way Umma 
used to do.

Savor it, relish it, consider every
ingredient, every element
Because soon it will all be over…

Piece by piece, it will journey inward
through the labyrinth, through the elaborate 
array of tubing and guts

Until finally, it will reach its end, 
expelled at last into the bottom 
of the bowl.

                                      (Lovers) When in China

        I slip the ice-cold Popsicle between your gooey lips
                   and smell the sweet-soaked cherry blossom
                                                warm between
                                                   your hips

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Jonathan Wittmaier is a Korean American writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from Adelphi University. Born in South Korea—he grew up in southern New Jersey. Recipient of the Creative Writing Award for Dramatic Writing (Adelphi 2018), he has taught English and creative writing at various college campuses all across Long Island. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington. You can find him at https://www.instagram.com/jonathanwittmaier/?hl=en

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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