Burgess Needle

Rookie (June 19,1941 / Boston, MA)

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Burgess Needle, an Arizona poet, has a new collection of poems out by Big Table Press titled THAI COMIC BOOKS and Other Poems. They may be found at www.burgessneedle.com. Burgess lives in Tucson with his wife, Barbara, a retired school psychologist. Burgess was awarded an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) after ten years in which he ... more »

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REQUEST OF A MANCHU KING

REQUEST OF A MANCHU KING
by Burgess Needle

The honest eye of Asia’s sun revealed
a Chinese theater troupe encamped
stained costumes, ragged
sets and a forlorn actor dressed
in his actual, pock-marked skin.
Evening and colored gels conspired to clean and press
costumes, add glitter to plastic jewelry,
turn sets into a plausible semblance
of an ancient Chinese court and the actor
once seen as depressed into a haughty Manchu king.
The cast ventured on stage, mouthed
their lines in sing-song Chinese dialect.
They saw me in the ...

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