For Du Fu

 

 

We’re not after the peaches

of immortality here today

 

Fame’s just a schooner that shows up

in the distance on calm afternoons

 

between Marblehead and the Misery Islands,

which we’re so glad Jan took for her book title

 

now we can all steer clear of them

write odes to coal, bluejays and cars

 

in our corner of the provinces

toasting with plastic cups of tea

 

 

Margaret Young  is the author of Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Almond Town (Bright Hill Press). Her chapbook Blight Summer is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and her translation of Sergio Inestrosa's Espacio Improbable de un Haikú has just been published by Obsidiana Press.

 

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