We Share the Empty City

The city—
We share the empty city.
Midnight’s children,
tap dancing in Zen.

With gratitude to the authors and editors: Mark Abley and twenty authors, Berit Ellingsen, Salman Rushdie, and Geri Larkin.

I had intended not to use the same title twice, but when I posted yesterday’s bookmash poem, the first two books in today’s piece pestered me to put them together. Hence, The City We Share has snuck into two poems. The more I look at my books, the more the ideas flow. I’ve caught the bookmash bug. More poems are forthcoming…

In case you missed them, Yamabuki Zhou has left two of his own bookmash poems in the comment sections of the poem I posted yesterday and my second effort at book spine poetry.


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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13 Responses to We Share the Empty City

  1. Berit says:

    So happy to be included in one of your book mashup poems, along with titles from the anthology you are in, a giant such as Salman Rushdie and Tap Dancing in Zen! 🙂

    Thank you very much!

    What is Tap Dancing in Zen about? Dancing, or Zen or both? 🙂

    • chris says:

      Thanks for the comment, Berit!
      Geri Larkin is an ordained dharma teacher. Tap Dancing in Zen is a series of dharma talks inspired by the Metta Sutra; the sutra of loving-kindness. If you haven’t read Geri Larkin, check out “First You Shave Your Head”. She’s a writer and teacher worth reading.

  2. Shanghai Dreams
    City of Rogues
    Untold Stories
    From the Teeth of Angels

  3. Pat Hatt says:

    Great mashup, always like when these are done. I do it with movie fun.

  4. cityoflu says:

    Well done with your mashups! You have some inspiring titles to work with.

  5. brian miller says:

    that is def a cool way to create poetry…might have to give that a try…

  6. Luke Prater says:

    bookmash – a new genre of poetry? Interesting

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