In the Anthropocene (As We Sow, So Shall we Reap)


Staring at the closed ticket-window
all of China behind me
already stood in line half the day
              shuts just as I reach

which gentle overseer hovers
        doubtless over these billions
               with-holding the plan;
everyone else might just
            strip & fuck right on the floor
mass-production of the species
engineered like any other.

No-one knows
the girl in tight shorts    a thousand yelling men     dwarfen guy
with a little boy he drags beside the bars
the seething ones still coming

no-one knows
where they’re going
willing to wait now

for the Great Harvest.

Xiamen, China 10.VII.2011

Martin Kovan

Author: Martin Kovan

In 2002 I studied poetics with U.S. poet Gary Snyder at UC Davis. Since then I’ve been published in poetry, fiction, essay, and academic Buddhist ethics and philosophy. Having lived in India and SE Asia for some years, a lot of the cultural and religious territory of South Asia, especially Buddhism, permeates my work. I’m currently based at National University of Singapore where I’m continuing a PhD. in Buddhist philosophy. Most of my work is free to view at

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