“As I Read About Japan” by Michael Mingo

11 March 2016 on Poetry  

The wind blows
the pages from under
my thumb, one way
then another. I'm learning

about the occupation,
that malaise that hangs
heavy over their cities
like helicopters, black

as the ink the children
brush across their textbooks.
The past is rendered
invisible. The sun

drifts behind the trees,
setting, and the shadows
of the thinning branches
grow blurry. I can't tell

whether they're advancing
or retreating, and it's hard
in these conditions
to hold the pages tight.

Michael Mingo is pursuing an M.F.A. in poetry at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Angle, Jersey Devil Press, Soliloquies Anthology, and Pirene's Fountain, among others.

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