​​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L

​nicole tong


​        After Doris Salcedo

In the absence of my body
there were shoes, bottles, bandages
in a bathroom cabinet 

        a list of things 
        taking over: need

needle, suture, scuff 
at the toe of a shoe

all imply something was
done. Some thing
has to be.


​              After Doris Salcedo

Where wound and white space are given
the same name, words
become stitches

       I stand on.

Heels visible
through skin as if silenced there

        (in a square torso).

       words. I sew
       them. This way.

Nicole Tong is the recipient of a Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in Poetry and fellowships from George Mason University and Vermont Studio Center and a residency at Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms . Her writing has been published in American Book Review, Cortland Review, Yalobusha Review, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and others. Finishing Line Press will publish her chapbook MY MINE in 2015. She lives and teaches college-level English in Northern Virginia.