Sunday, July 10, 2022

ARAH KO—"CULLET" (Issue 24)

Sugar House Review · Arah Ko's "Cullet"


I’ve swallowed glass for every bottle

you drank. Call me terror. Call me

reckonings you looked for

in the bathroom mirror. Call


me shit that oughta been slapped

out of you younger, before the old

men touched you in a stained-

glass cathedral. Call me window


broken by your ruined knuckles. My

blood is your blood; my nose is your

mother’s nose. Compared to you, I am

summer that never ends, tempered glass,


a nest of unhatched eggs. I say hello & you

pray my name back to me.


Arah Ko hails from an active volcano but is currently based in the Midwest. Her 
recent work has appeared in SiderealFugueGrimoire, and New Reader 
Magazineamong others. Arah is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the Ohio 
State University where she serves as Wheeler Prize editor for The JournalWhen 
not writing, Arah can be found correcting her name pronunciation or making a 
mean pot of coffee. Catch her at


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opportunity to better hear our contributors. We're featuring audio recordings of 
poems from our pages, read by the poet. This an open invitation to all contributors 
from any of our issues, we were delighted to print your work, now we’re eager to 
hear it.

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