DIGITAL CONTEMPORANEITY

Jungmin Bae

when the green light across the bay

is a pixelated indication that she’s online

and thus imminently fuckable, à la Gatsby

 

when tumblr posts have replaced

poetry and streamlined the mind

observing the tradition of the demarcated

0s and ones that meekly blip

racing along the transistors

and decrying transience

 

and when hyperlinks underlined blue

take us on these recursive journeys

hopping from one URL to another:

 

again, &

           again, &

                       again, &

Jungmin Bae is a senior in the international course at Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies. She writes in both Korean and English and is inspired by the interplays between human and machine, immigrant stories, and brilliant ephemera. Her speculative fiction has been recognized by the OddContest at Odyssey Con and her dual-language poetry has been published in Aerie International. She is founder and editor of her school’s literary magazine, Mirinae, and runs an Instagram poetry account at @jungmin_instapoetry. She currently resides in South Korea.