North Beach in Winter

Genny Lin has a unique way of describing life in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. “Winter Place” has a kind of gritty-flashy feel to it, but I especially like the imagery at the end of her poem:

    It ain’t so bad
    the Coolies reasoned
    as they jumped ship only to
    sweat in baskets
    with pickaxes and dynamite
    twenty thousand feet in the Sierras
    like wet human laundry

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