We can’t hear what they’re saying, but that man
is holding that woman in his arms. Your assignment
is to deduce their thoughts from what they do.
It was eight hundred miles from Xi’an to Beijing
**but from the windows of the train we could see nothing,
***the landscape (was it temples? was it mountains?)
****absorbed by a blotter of thick brown smoke.
Celeriac – Stephen Massimilla
on the outside,
the torn, blood-draggled glove
of a poor ogre’s heart,
the most pointlessly