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Kobo Daishi Names Cut-Cloth Temple

By Laurel Nakanishi

The slump and twist, the sag and pooling,
the edges of bone that steam reveals.
So this is what I will look like at eighty.
And perhaps they are thinking: so this is what

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Crossing the Andes in Early Evening

By Laurel Nakanishi

A saint swings frantically,
flinging her blessings across the bus.

I try to ask the woman next to me,
about the loaves she carries

and she thinks I want to buy them all.

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