"Nightlife 4" 36" X 36" oil on canvas Julian Rogers

"Nightlife 4"
36" X 36"
oil on canvas
Julian Rogers



This morning, I put on a silk shirt.
Last night, I shampooed my hair with persimmons

until the drain asked if I was bleeding
yellow from trying to clean my greasy perm.

If you close your eyes, black tea tastes just
as good as Coca-Cola, so I call the waitress over

by standing in the middle of a dim sum restaurant,
shouting my order loud enough

to break the silence that follows me
into every conversation with my grandparents.

Tonight, I’ll rest my head on scallion pancakes
and try to dream of dragons dancing over a fence.

Goodnight, sixth-grade self.
We’ll play more games tomorrow

and maybe next time,
you won’t want to be the cowboy.


Kyle Liang is an Asian-American actor, playwright and poet. His play “Field of Trees” recently premiered on The Barrow Group stage in New York City for the 2017 New Play Festival. Kyle serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Montage, and his work has appeared in a number of places including Theories of HERCold Creek ReviewRat's Ass Review and the forthcoming issue of First-Gen Voices. He will be graduating with an MHS in Physician Assistant studies from Quinnipiac University in 2019.