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Catriona Strang

Catriona Strang This poetic trace was used in:
Poem 28: We
Poem 39: A tongue listens to a war

Miscellaneous Bits for Extrafine Imperial Twankay

war without witness

safe zone

tea war

like a jury

domestic isolation & capital’s reach

Proust: “our social personality is a creation of the thoughts of other people”

the perilous things that might happen (Nina)


ritual provides a context in which beauty is possible


leathery, green, & shiny

& of serrated edge

an effusion of yellow stamens

to flush, to make easy

hilled & weeded

plucked & dried

moistened sand

white hair

sparrow’s tongue, falcon’s talon, ear of corn

encouraged and then halted

tea & porcelain, export & the creation of desire: opium, & the opium wars

tea & truth

the drink of peace (!)

quick & lasting triumph

rhubarb, sugar, ammonia, salt, hops, manure, lime, guano, silk

tea & purity

stoppage or blockage

melancholia, aching, smarting, troubling affliction

some curling as the eaves

just as clouds do

as if filtered

carved out, violent rain, newly-tilled

old & barren

a decision for the month to make

it is hexagonal, it comes to a sharp point

when the bowl is thus extended, the center will be agitated

to standardize, to set limits

so that they can be displayed, there are no short cuts

taste & trade – a pastoral nation – taste & politics

pure, strong, & delicious

addiction, taxation, smuggling (sounds like tobacco)

compressed cakes highly transportable

virtue was discovered

repercussions would echo

slaughters & atrocities

we are perfectly confident

we have indefatigable researches

by for that has ever been

agricultural or commercial resources of this empire

will be brought to light

will be found capable of being

& that consequently before long

fully realized

pile it high, sell it cheap

loss leaders