Taipei, Taiwan 1/12/2017

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1.

towers of green jungle mist
festooned with electric wire
smokestacks rising from the forest
jagged peaks rise up to claw at clouds
as we race into the stacked streets of taipei
stuffed with basketball courts
steaming food stalls &
a swallow-tailed brick temple
embroiled in the trees

 

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2.

hit the streets of taipei
a circus flick menagerie
laundry in the windows
concrete structures rot slowly away
piles of apartment houses
pile up to the sky
piles of cars on freeway dumping
into town
carts & carts of food
noodles
soups
meats
stews
sausages
tofu
strange darkened temple
slightly spirited away
corner stores
line up
full of beer & sodas &
cigarettes
stewed items
magazines
24 hour dumpling houses
kitty-corner
mopeds cut the crosswalks
left & right

we wander off into the
taiwanese night

 

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3.

lit up chinese characters all
aglow down the street
give the appearance of some
fake chinatown kung-fu film
but no,
it’s the real deal

taipei, taiwan
twenty first century

 

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