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This poem is taken from PN Review 262, Volume 48 Number 2, November - December 2021.

Manchukuo Journey Sam Adams
i.m. Gareth Jones (1905–35)

5.30 -- morning sun burnishes the palace, swallows taking
breakfast on the wing, slice the haze spread over
Outer Mongolia. At Beidzemiao a living Buddha waits.

Two sentries lean at the gate, one sleeping on his feet,
the other singing to himself, and a woman crouches
over a gaudy headdress strand by strand untangling tassels,
silver discs and trailing coral beads. A small boy limps by.

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