by C. Charles Bley

years ago The village
was proclaimed a playground,
celebrations soon as people's
guns echoed through the air.

and that was followed by a
speech. It reached time
and appeared Azalea.

Azalea, Azalea, every joy and hope
now trampled under jackboots.

Every last part
the struggle a ray.

*The full article "Azalea" originally appeared 5.2.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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