in medias res

home stilllife

2012 was an embroidered hem, 2012 was a frayed cuff, 2012 was a wide sea serged with a single thread. Time running like a chain stitch, a sovereign without an heir. Far shores glittered with snow. Last January’s footprints, salt-sodden and shapeless, point toward a horizon on a collision course with itself. There’s a thread in my hand, a crewelwork rosette on my tongue. Musa, mihi causas memora. We are always in medias res. The year is dead; long live the Year.


6 comments on “in medias res

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  2. beth says:

    It’s a very modern epic, but I’d love to send you a copy of “Thaliad” as a gift, if you let me know where. Happy New Year!

    • seon joon says:


      I would love to read Thaliad, and would appreciate your gift so much! As a modern epic, it would fit well into the reading project of this year. My address is:

      Seon Joon Sn.
      193 Mansfield Street
      New Haven, CT 06511

      Thank you so much!

      • beth says:

        It’s my pleasure! Please let me know what you think of it.

        I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that I am “teaching” meditation/contemplative prayer at the Anglican cathedral here in Montreal now. Your blog is an inspiration and a help to me, and reminds me to be quite humble about my own qualifications! Sending you a big hug this chilly morning!

  3. seon joon says:


    Best wishes on your class! I’m sure the class, and you, will be wonderful. I so look forward to reading “Thaliad;” my confession is that I wanted to get it as a Christmas present for myself, so it is an especially sweet gift. I will most certainly let you know my thoughts, although the cover alone has already delighted me.

    Thank you for the hug, and sending one back this crisp, and cold, afternoon!

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