N O C T U R N E

Rippling in the ceosops

Foreskin of wind

Still surrounded by blood

Poverty

And the uneven caresses

Lying at the bottom

Dreaming dreaming

Days of complete idleness

Urinating

Without rejection

Transparent

At **** in the afternoon

Now rising

Now setting

A windbreak of gum trees

Etcetera

The edge of time

Etcetera

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Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai and is the author of Debts & Lessons.

Readers are encouraged to submit 3–5 poems as a PDF to Wendy Xu for consideration at poetry@hyperallergic.com.

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