John Who Wears Black

12th June 2019, Admiralty, Hong Kong protests alongside ten thousand youths now called rioters now reduced to statistics disregarded by the one in power the dowager who holes up in the golden interior of her palace her yellow curtains her …

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Hong Kong Now

Hong Kong has experienced almost a year of political and social turmoil, with the aftershocks of last year’s protests continuing to be felt, and many of their grievances unaddressed.

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Pale sky high clouds the heat soaks into the concrete making shadows out of everything it’s the Establishment of Summer again the city open to light and humidity see the dust gnats pollen tinsels of pollution the sweat on my …

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If I walk on a Hong Kong street for long enough, I will eventually bump into someone I know from a long time ago. So long ago that each of us wilfully resorts to deceptive amnesia. There are streets in …

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The Visitation

My paternal grandmother came to me in a dream and said: I have no money and I’m cold. I recounted the visitation to my parents— They had forgotten to burn for my granny paper money, paper clothes—offerings sent to the …

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One Person

If I tell you my full name, will you only say it when I drown or fall? Which protest poster will you carry around close to your chest like an oversized pendant? Have you been served gas or spray? Where …

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Your Name in My Lexicon Means Yes

Once, you talked to me on the phone, I complained about the loud wind obscuring your voice. You responded: Baby, I can’t make the wind stop. The creation of meanings takes three steps: saying yes, singing no, unbinding maybe, and …

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This May Be a Love Poem

We are ugly but we have the words, even if no one reads them. We carry no axes, unready to kill. Or turn on the oven until it warms. trains have passed us since the day we were born and …

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Nebulous Vertigo

It is one of the days that I sit here like an abyss. The sky, soft and introspective, my mind opens a gap that opens another gap that is not simply air, but a circling coolness when shame jars the …

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Article XII: Autonomy

The autumn shall be a desert of the hard road, which shall enjoy a high degree of brightness and floating clouds directly under the white sun. The white sun shall be the bright blanket of heaven, which shall enjoy a …

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Dining Alone

The sky watches like yesterday. The stars haven’t finished predicting. The door doesn’t drag on— A fly, sprawled, pushes to enter. The candles bruise their souls, the wind, outside, refrains from stepping in once more. Dinner comes, doesn’t know where …

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Preface: Important Notice

This poem repurposes text from the first page of the publicly-distributed, print version of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution. This booklet is not the Basic Law. This booklet contains the Basic Law but is not the Law itself. The …

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