Summer 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2010 |

Returning to Northern New Mexico after a Trip to Asia

A tea master examines pellets with tweezers, points to the varying hues, then pushes the dish aside. At another shop, a woman rinses a cylindrical cup with black tea: we inhale, nod, sip from a second cup--- rabbit tracks in snow become tracks in my mind. At a banquet, I eat something sausage-like, am told "It's a chicken's ball." Two horses huddle under leafless poplars. A neighbor runs water into an oval container, but, in a day, the roan bangs it with his hoof. The skunks and raccoons have vanished. What happened to the End World Hunger project? Revolutionary slogans sandblasted off Anhui walls left faint outlines. When wind swayed the fragrant pine branches in a Taiwan garden, Sylvie winced, "Kamikaze pilots drank and whored their last nights here."

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Arthur Sze’s latest book is The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2021). He is the recipient of a 2022 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation and also of the 2021 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His expanded edition of translations of Chinese poetry, The Silk Dragon II, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the spring of 2024.

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