Shuqi Gao

March 23, 2020 Gao Shuqi



Squeeze the shadow.
Milk the ghosts wearing
human skin. Go into labor,
build houses for them to haunt.


I dreamt of walking on a wall,
that the world is only lines and dots—
like a body without body
only its nervous system,


cords, nipples—
sucked by a mystical red cross.
A rusty faucet of words snapped,
ballooning silence for
sleep never without paralysis;


No deaths here, just ghosts

Shuqi Gao is a bilingual writer from Xi’an, China. She received her B.S. in Finance from DePaul University and studied abroad at Westminster University in London. She is currently a student in the MFA program in creative writing at Hofstra University, where she received a Publishing Fellowship for AMP: Always Electric. Her poetry focuses on art, psychology and current issues.