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< made in china > by Ray Heinrich
published in Volume 5, Issue 1 on March 1st, 1998

i'm practicing my Chinese
in a K-Mart
i'm translating labels
as i come to them
this shirt says
it was made in China
by people who believed in free speech
and made the mistake of saying so
and this pair of pants was
hand-crafted in China
by a woman who mentioned
Tiananmen square
and these socks
were produced in China
by a man who is gay
or maybe he's Christian
my Chinese
really
isn't that good
and this toy
was assembled in China by someone
it could have been anyone
who lived in Tibet

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