Cathay

Wrongheaded and obsequious
on vacation, unnerved
by new surroundings, I miss
the bright feeling of belonging
and the familiar patterns of my country,
its virginity and schizophrenia,
my several stolen bicycles.

Joshua Edwards, “Cathay” from Imperial Nostalgias. Copyright © 2012 by Joshua Edwards. Reprinted by permission of Ugly Duckling Presse.
Source: Imperial Nostalgias (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013)
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