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Vaughan Rapatahana, ‘americano’ From china as kafka

americano

in his mephistophelean slink
toward some visceral glimmer
of ‘democracy’

+++++in this ‘failed state’,

americano
pauses to pat
his shades
I+ n+ t+ o+ p+ l+ a+ c+ e.

he redeems his
brusque suit collars
with a residual slap

&

imperceptibly

twists
the silver fob watch
his granny gave him
before he l+ e+ f+ t+ to serve.

his precise shave chin
struts just a little more
as he grimaces his smile
against this humid hecatomb.

diplomatically,

he thews

d
+e
++e
+++p
++++e
+++++r

into his groin
a special issue
snubnose

&

– vibrating like a clockwork bunny –

he waits
to redact
this next big
threat
to the flag.

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Extracted from china as kafka [Kilmog Press, Dunedin, Aotearoa-New Zealand
http://kilmogpress.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/vaughan-rapatahana-china-as-kafka-phoenix-edition/

Reproduced by permission of the author.

Book Launch: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1305/S00301/two-books-lauched-by-vaughan-rapatahana.htm

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Vaughan Rapatahana is a poet, philosopher, educator and now novelist. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications in Hong Kong and New Zealand. He also reviews for the Scoop Review of Books.

Vaughan’s various publications include: