Categories: NER Classics
Victoria Chang’s poem “Yang Gui-Fei” appeared in NER 25.3:
Surely you know I will rule your besieged kingdom in the afterlife,
build the rivers so they flow into a great bath,
populate the land with plum trees, foliate the skies
with golden birds.
Once I was more than a woman, more than a gold hair-pin,
more than three thousand bathing concubines.
Edward Hopper’s Office in a Small City (left), captures an American moment of mystery and isolation.
In the current issue of NER, poet Victoria Chang meditates on Hopper’s painting.
The man could be the boss or could have a boss the man could have a
heart or could not have a heart the man is not working should be working
should be making profits not in fits but constantly the man looks out over
the yellow building over everything he must be the boss must be someone