Academic journal article The Hudson Review

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Academic journal article The Hudson Review

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Article excerpt

In the palace

they are calling this

the year of the palace.

In the fields they

are reading the book of rain.

In the house, curtains drawn,

it's the year of opacity,

in the nursing home

it's the year of the heart-

of the man whose pacemaker

kept beating ironically

for hours after he died-

year of my mother's heart.

Su Shi called his pavilion

the tower of the golden rain

to commemorate a storm

that saved the crops.

This is not that year.

Call it paper cut, call it

tire tracks in the back yard,

the year of the drunk

veering off the alley

last night-hedge mangled,

black ruts in the grass-

the year of the moon

raising its white flag.

Call it her last day, lungs

filling like the pavilion's ewers.

Call it the week before,

that surreal phone call

when she told me to

go to grass if I couldn't

get her out of there. …

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