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Agnes Lam

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Scholar and poet Agnes Lam is the author of three poetry collections, A Pond in the Sky: Selected and New Poems (Association of Stories in Macao, 2013), Water Wood Pure Splendour (Asia 2000, 2001), and Woman to Woman and Other Poems (Asia 2000, 1997), as well as the chapbook Poppies by the Motorway (Chinese University Press, 2018). She is also the author of Becoming Poets: The Asian English Experience (Peter Lang, 2014). In 2008, Lam was named an honorary fellow in writing by the University of Iowa, and in 2009, she received a Commendation from the Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government, for her achievements in the arts. A retired professor from the University of Hong Kong, Lam serves as vice president of Macau PEN.

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translated by Natascha Bruce

 

1. Two Worlds

this city I come from
when I come here
its deep recesses
wield twilight like a knife
slicing the world in two
the world begins with a slot machine
but its