China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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"Truckload of Big Buddhas . . . Smiling"

Neale Hunter

Source: In Transit: The Gary Snyder Issue ( Eugene, Ore.: Toad Press, 1969), pp. 26-28. The author taught English at a university in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution.


The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution I

Changan Boulevard Peking
truckload of big buddhas and bodhisattvas
all with their eyes down
smiling

riding up top
schoolkids in red armbands with flags
shout long live this
and that

the golden passengers sit real still
meditating on China burning buddhas
China setting fire on fire


The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution II

monastery of the White Horse Loyang
little old abbot with new roof
new robes
rice in the bowl
great life
after the easy bit
the set speech
plugs into the Partyman next to him
and will take questions

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