Art and Culture


Todd Lee

Ping Wong did not want to get up this morning.

But her feet were so sore
last night, she did not go out.
So here she is, as she is every Monday night or Tuesday morning,
picking up bottles, sorting through cans, trying
to make a living. Even though
her back hurts from the bending, she has
done harder work, she has done whatever it took
to feed her family, and then
to feed herself.
She likes the
night picking better, the people don’t yell
so much when she opens the bags.

Taiko #1

For Odaiko New England

Todd Lee

Boom da-da BOOM!
Boom da-da BOOM!
Boom da-da boom da-da

Rumble of thunder
pulling you under,
over and over and over again.

Boom da-da BOOM!
Boom da-da BOOM!

Sway, yeah, sway
Pray, yeah, pray

Boom da-da BOOM!
Sticks point to the sky!
Boom da-da BOOM!
We all want to fly!

Got My Almond Eyes on You

Todd Lee

Gay people talk of having
gaydar: the ability to say
whether someone is gay
from a mile away.

We know Asians have adar –
we can tell Chinese from Vietnamese,
Japanese from Korean,
Filipinos from Samoans,
Et cetera.

(At least
most of the time).

Ready, set,

Let’s make it official!
Who can get “adar”
up on Wikipedia first?


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