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This poem is taken from PN Review 160, Volume 31 Number 2, November - December 2004.

January-through-May Epistle to Saigyõ, 2004 John Peck

With gratitude to William R. LaFleur for his work on Saigyõ


     Sustained attention:
snow on each branch, twig, and bud,
     March's January.

1

     Confusion, seasons
on the loose through each other
     in a one-room mind.

2

     Clearing clean out of
the court, from life-service to
     the young Emperor
and the Retired Emperor
(the real power), and sex games

3

                         with Cloud-High Beings
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