Mar/Apr 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 2 PoetryMarch 2, 2022 |

wealth distribution will not be considered in the economic reform

the get rich quick schemes in china always started with two men sitting on some battered patio over an oil slick of a tablecloth. the beer was cold most of the time, but warmed quick in the grasp of an anxious palm. you could tell how rich a man was by how often he talked about being poor. but back then everyone was poor. shanghai was a firearm of a city, grease-dark mechanics and a heavy presence in the drawer of the day. fruit skins draping the curb. estranged gauze of huangpu river. pillowcases filled with plastic wrapping. the trigger twitches—this close to a bicycle for your wife. this close to a couple months of rent. this close to cottoning the quilts for winter and tangerines every summer night. picking coins from pocket seams to buy hawberries and cigarettes they sweated out july in brick-dust. scrawling out numbers with their fingernails. 200 yuan tomorrow and the rest next week. the cash wanders in its own underground architecture, caverns of paths and hollows swallowi

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By Xiao Yue Shan

the get rich quick schemes in china always started with two men sitting on some battered patio over an oil slick of a tablecloth. the beer was cold most of […]

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