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Vaughan Rapatahana – Two Poems from china as kafka


china as kafka

china as kafka.

hypnagogic
imbroglio
throughout
limbo land.

relentless brume
of shale-shroud cities,
cough-mixed
chronic
with

++++l+ a+ b+ y+ r+ I+ n+ t+ h+ i+ n+ e+

++++++++ ‘law’,
++++++++++++++++++++++++ [all
++++++++++++++++++++++++ show trials/no trials:]

this noxious fix will kill
double-dead,

if the gangster
cheap cigarettes
don’t
slaughter you
first.
.
if you are not yet
demented
you soon will be;
no sane survivor
from ‘psychiatric’
++++ ‘hospitals’,
staffed by
suited goons,
++++picaroons
+++++++sporting truncheons as heads,
10 on 1 flaying into
‘political opponents’
who spoke the truth –

needlessly –

it would
seem.

cadre Wong
Is never wrong.
remember that
you fool.

if you don’t want
to ‘sell’ your home
to cadre Wong
to dig up coal beds
under
your
own,

it won’t be long
before
platoons of further goons
without a permit,
without a soul
arrogate
++&
decimate
what was never ‘yours’,
anyway,
++++++++++++++++++++++++ [mei ou compensation],

cadre Wong
Is never wrong.
remember that
you fool.

&

when that mine c
++++++++++++r
+++++++++++++u
++++++++++++++m
+++++++++++++++b
++++++++++++++++l
+++++++++++++++++e
++++++++++++++++++s,

stifling all those boys
stolen from ++++++another
+++++++++++++++++venal province,
to ‘man’ it in the first place,
don’t criticize.

do you want twenty years
++ ‘house-arrest’
+++++++++++++++++after

seventy appeals

fumble & crumble into
litigious
crud?

do you want
++ a bullet to the head?
jing cha
bogeymen
in
some
jack-bootlegged
fury
happy to oblige
sententiously.

cadre Wong
Is never wrong.
remember that
you fool.

that’s how ‘justice’’
shirks here:
after one bribe

too many,

beyond ++++++++the ++‘free’ ++sex
kidnapped from the kidnapped
girls,

that’s all part of the
ugsome
package:

it’s all meant to happen

in this +++++++++++++other +++++++++++++++++++surreal ++++

dimension
where nothing makes sense
even to those
censuring/
censoring
their
own
nonsense
on the ‘great

++++f ++i ++r ++e ++w ++a ++l ++l’

of china.

cadre Wong
is never wrong.
remember that
you fool.

he adores Mugabe
he extols Kim Jong
he loves Than Shwe

they are his
esurient
blood-brothers,
just as long as
they let him in

to
rape
their
earth
minacious,
to screw
their
air
caliginous.

china is kafka
after all..

cadre Wong
is never wrong.
remember that
you fool.

+*+*+*+


downtown hong kong

the traffic
militarises
the traveler
here.

platoons
of
serried
sergeants,
exhausts smoking,

MASS

as
legion
enfilading
in
brusque
manoeuvres;

their epaulettes
shiny, up front
bombastic.

the human wall
genuflects in
subaltern gesture:
mouths agape,
arms akimbo,
faces albescent,

as
this wheeling impedimenta,
detonates

the
through
city frontlines;

termagants
hoarsely
exhorting
pavid
pedestrians,

road rage awol,

saluting
apoplexy,

ordering
chaos.

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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: