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Surely You Know

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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.

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