The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

2 Poems Published

By Desmond Kon Zhicheng- Mingdè, Singapore (Published in Issue 2)



vorticism is a choka in its modular home


 their ballads over

again, various, volleying


half apparitions –

voices end-of-line


feelings tethered to a stone

or bluing outpost


trochee here, tripping

now, over tundra trochee


feelings like the land

slashed by steppes and burned


cinder et alia

in the sky and blanching winds




Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has two chapbooks Bistre Junction and In Memoriam to a Marionette: Caudate Sonnet of the Year Ad Interim, forthcoming from Firstfruits Publications and Silkworms Ink. Trained in book publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters in world religions from Harvard and fine arts masters in creative writing from Notre Dame, Desmond has edited more than 10 books and co-produced 3 audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Desmond is a recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Dr Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Dear Sir, Fence, InDigest, Prime Number, and RED OCHRE Lit. Desmond also works in clay, his commemorative pieces housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. 




 From the cover of the literary magazine BLAST published in London in 1915. It contained work by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot as well as by the Vorticists themselves.



a gogyohka and the forgotten panopticon


there, a quiet remembrance –

thin walls, colloquium


volte-face, inversions

the same mirrored shine and glass


so we sleep better

slipping naked under sheets



and altercations

and always inward-looking


the way your pulse races up

percussive, a paper plane


forgive our gentle lapses


both of us paper tigers

among the horses

the quadriga shifting shades