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ISBN: 978 1 857546 18 7
Categories: 20th Century, American
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2002
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Wind your way to the floor,
sweet. No passions obtain today.
We are full of vinaigrette,
cursed by the rain for being rained on.
This pass has expired.
I thought we had retreated
until I noticed you far out in the field,
waving a crimson handkerchief
toward someone I couldn't see.
This is the way it goes: I
come back, then you come back to me.
Our heads blend in the twilight tea.
from Onery Fish
Chinese Whispers is the title poem of this outstanding collection. It refers to the ways in which a single word or idea can mutate and evolve through repetition and replication to become something wondrous, strange and illuminating much like the brilliant and original poems to be found in this book.
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