Monthly Archives: May 2015

This is Your Grief: The Poetry of Loss

On Friday night my personal trainer passed away unexpectedly. In this poem I refer to her as a friend, because that’s what she was to me. A personal trainer is ‘personal’, after all. Grief is hard. Shock paved the way … Continue reading

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Low Level Headache

On the street tonight a girl, thigh-skimming, skintight negligee barged into me. Blurs of pastel blue, fuzzy pink life is dirty, a pot for watercolours sliding, waiting for the oils to separate on the palette lights to change. In my … Continue reading

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Encounter in 7/11

I pushed past him in 7/11 the girl in her orange and black uniform was bending down, hugging his Pekinese Hands full of water, fags and VLT he says Oh, Oh Sorry – kindly, crinkly like crepe paper, nicotine hands. … Continue reading

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The Expat Economy of Selfishness: Why Happiness is Not Going ‘Home’

My friends and family back in the UK have stopped asking me when I’m coming back “home”. To stay in Hong Kong is to be selfish. It’s a silent accusation, but one that follows my every major decision. I’m staying … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into the Kitchen

I am heading homeward fetid with heat, drowsy and bone-tired My way, the doors are open, thrown wide for workers, squatting under sparks in garages iron-scented airlessness while shirtless mechanics – hands on haunches – sag like statues gone to … Continue reading

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Election Day

Wake up to vote – don’t think your voice is among those that are ignored. Today I rose with power and You with authority. In a heated, heavy morning brushed with scenes from last night’s gin-based depravity, I remember when … Continue reading

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