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This poem is taken from PN Review 239, Volume 44 Number 3, January - February 2018.

Chinese Wispers Theophilus Kwek
It always turns out that much is salvageable.
                     – John Ashbery

Have you heard        how we light up the houses
       so they last forever, pyres of cardboard and joss
with laughter in the windows, late guests
       dressed in their best clothes for a midnight ball
and all the old flames still dancing, long past
       the hour?       We cannot count the pairs

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