Theme VIII: Body, “Manhattan”

By Nicholas Ng

We glide a few words
through a cafe, a video game
at my place, a couple action
movies, and bursting Broadway
by accident, months apart.

Our trains between desk
and bed pass five days
through a glassy city.

Suits sweat
figures, phone calls all
stitch nonsense
together, beelines
crash, a hundred thousand
hoodies swarm beneath
unceasing lights, and at night,

schizophrenics negotiate
with the breeze that washes
up Park Avenue –
yellow windows alone.


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