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Equivalent

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At an exhibition of Felix Gonzales-Torres
black and white
clouds on paper
bleed to edge
the slow drift and pull
of clouds soaring across the horizon
weather forecast
over Stieglitz’s Lake George
overcast with breaking
thundershowers
poster sheets
stacked half a foot high
the removal of cloud layers
from cube
reshaping
the whole –
What you touch,
take
with you
a piece of hard green candy
` gathered from a spill
on the gallery floor,
portrait of a friend
the qualities he gave those
he loved
transposed into sweet pile,
please keep
with you
this sweetness,
passing

– Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has published poems, translations, and photos in several small press journals such as her poetry collection EQUIVALENCE (LA ALAMEDA, 2003) and her chapbook of Chinese translations “Ten Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers” is available through Third Ear Books. She currently resides in Watertown, MA .

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February 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

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