Old Beijing

The last days
of Old Beijing.
The city.
We share three bowls;
a simple celebration.
Seductions of rice.

With gratitude to the authors and editors: Michael Meyer, Mark Abley and 20 authors, Seppo Ed Farrey and Myochi Nancy O’Hara, Ginna Bell Bragg and David Simon, M.D., and Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

Stan Carey has just posted a book mashup on the timeless topics of time, love and summer, along with some links to mashups by others who have joined in the fun.

You can find a few others in my bookmash archives. I’d like to make a list of others who indulge, so feel free to add your link in the comments, or tweet your poem, using the hashtag #bookmash.


About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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7 Responses to Old Beijing

  1. A Fine and Private Place (Peter S. Beagle)
    Over by the Caves (Jennifer Stone)
    Down there in Darkness (George Turner)
    Crazy Wisdom (Chögyam Trungpa)
    Tea from an Empty Cup (Pat Cadigan)

  2. These are great, Chris. This one tells an evocative story. I did one last year from a NaPoWriMo prompt, but my poem is not as concise as yours:

    • Chris says:

      Hi Adriene, sorry for the absurdly late reply…not sure what happened…I guess I commented on your blog and forgot to reply here.
      I’ve just reread your poem. Not as concise? I beg to disagree. 🙂 Very evocative, and I love the idea of using song titles. Belated thanks for your comment here.

  3. Pingback: Bookmash: Time, love and summer « Sentence first

  4. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Oh I really like this. It’s like it was waiting there to be discovered. It’s wonderful.

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