Reid Mitchell is a historian, poet and novelist. He has previously taught in New Orleans, Princeton, Berkeley, Budapest and Hong Kong. Mitchell has had poems accepted for publication in England, America, Macao, Australia, Hong Kong and elsewhere. He has also published a novel A Man Under Authority (1997), a number of literary dialogues and academic works of history. Mitchell lives in New Orlean and often visits China.
Tammy Ho Lai-ming
Tammy Ho Lai-ming is Hong Kong-born and –based. She studied English Literature & Translation at the University of Hong Kong and currently teaches at the School of English there. She edited Hong Kong U Writing: An Anthology (2006) and co-edited Love & Lust (2008). She was also a co-editor of Word Salad Poetry Magazine and is a co-founder of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.
She put her circus animals through the paces
asked me which ones I would buy,
though she made it clear
she would not sell a one to me.
“You’re wrong,” she said,
and clapped her hands in delight.
She steals small things from me
and replaces them with small things she still from other people.
She wears the shoe I bought her on her head.
It is a red shoe of soft leather.
She corralled wild horses for their colors,
but confessed, "only the wildest deserve taming."
She breathes funny
but how can I correct her.
Her breasts are not like anything
except each other
She follows me to the barbershop
and sweeps up the shorn thoughts around my chair.
"Don't slice him," she yells at the barber.
She sent me a letter that said,
"We met in shame
but leaving me would be more shameful still."
She has lain down with fleas
and gotten up with dogs.
She sails boats made of wrapping paper and fish scales.
If they sink,
at least they stay afloat till they are out of sight.
She grows onions.
I don't know what she does with them.
She sang me a song. She sang
"Green skull, green skull,
Nobody ever loved you.
Green skull, green skull,
Nobody ever will."