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DARK SIDE OF HISTORY

Chen Zhou Zhang would badger authorities, where is his corpse so we could bury him? He is still waiting for news about his father, “a retired teacher who lived in northwest Beijing.” On August 27, 1966, Red Guards descended upon … Continue reading

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LETTER TO YOUNG POETS

(1) I am supposed to address young people who are enamoured of poetry, or the craft thereof. This is difficult for me. I have always tried to steer clear of workshops and literary soirees. They have since become a cottage … Continue reading

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Ars Moriendi

1. How do you read the memory tab of a loved one? Is delirium the encrypted signals of the soul? That morning the caregiver was telling him his old man was mumbling the name of his mother who had passed … Continue reading

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SHIPWRECKED SAILORS

1. A. “You could be stating that proverbial untruth…” he overheard the bartender telling off a guy at the end of the counter. “Recent memory may have pushed out an old one,” & no one could be sure of the … Continue reading

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MEMORY BOX

1. “The picture in your memory box is far different from the photo you took some time ago,” the bartender says, quoting a neuro –study to the fellow barfly in the violet evening at the wayside cage. “It has changed … Continue reading

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TERMINABLE RECALL

1. “Memory deceives,” the bartender says like some professor at the bar table.” “It often plays tricks on us— It can fade, shift & distort over time. To play safe, he quotes a neuro-expert from UC, Irvine.” The image of … Continue reading

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VISITATION

I. Ernesto Cardenal was wearing a beret when he read his book of poems “Ninety at ninety” before the adoring masses in Nicaragua. He was, after all, former Cultural Minister of President Daniel Ortega from whom he was estranged after … Continue reading

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