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Incense Tree

Collected Poems of Louise Ho

Louise Ho

Publication Year: 2009

Louise Ho is a Chinese poet from Hong Kong who finds her feet in English. Since her first publications more than thirty years ago, her poetry collected here has been a reflection of the fortunes of the city and its people, their hopes and anxieties, their achievements, crises, dispersals and renewals.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xi-

First and foremost, I wish to acknowledge my debt to Douglas Kerr, who first aired the idea of my collected poems and who saw to it that the idea materialized. He has also very kindly offered to provide an Afterword. Another active supporter has been Page Richards who has been superlatively generous with her time and energy towards bringing about ...

Sheung Shui Pastoral 1977

Hong Kong Riots I, 1967

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pp. 3-

Off the Train at Sheung Shui

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pp. 3-

Pop Song I: “At Home in Hong Kong”

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pp. 4-

Pop Song II: “I Am of Hong Kong”

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pp. 5-

Sheung Shui Pastoral

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pp. 6-

Babies and Mothers (at Tai Po Train Station)

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pp. 7-

Writing Is Bleak

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pp. 8-

Summer at Warwick

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pp. 9-

Boston, First Impressions (and Therefore a Bit Raw)

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pp. 10-

The John Hancock from the Top of the Prudential

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pp. 11-

To M.O.M.A.*

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pp. 12-

Mountain of Wisdom

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pp. 13-

Cherry Tree Wood

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pp. 14-

A Confession

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pp. 15-

O God, When Do You Find Me Guilty?

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pp. 15-

Underdeveloped

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pp. 16-

I Hold My Past

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pp. 17-

Excreta Tauri (Intone the Title and Read the Rest at a Run)

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pp. 18-

Poetry Is Never of Emotion

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pp. 19-

The Sculpted Hand

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pp. 19-

When Tired and Sleepy

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pp. 20-

Soliloquy of Light

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pp. 21-

Remonstrance and Reply

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pp. 21-

Notes before Bedtime

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pp. 22-

Letter to My Brother

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pp. 23-

Miniature Trees

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pp. 24-

On the Double

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pp. 25-

Of Strawberries (From D. to A.)

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pp. 25-

Local Habitation 1994

What’s in a Name

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pp. 29-

Hong Kong at the Crossroads

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pp. 30-

Towards University Station

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pp. 30-

Home to Hong Kong

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pp. 31-

Canticle on a Drop of Water

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pp. 31-32

Living on the Edge of Mai Po Nature Reserve

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pp. 33-

Hong Kong Riots II

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pp. 34-35

“Cloud Gate Dance Theatre”:Three Dances

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pp. 36-37

Remembering 4th June, 1989

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pp. 38-39

Like Pilgrims

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pp. 40-41

Jamming

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pp. 42-43

First Stop: Frankfurt

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pp. 44-

Vase

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pp. 44-

City

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pp. 45-

The Blind Samurai

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pp. 46-

In the Warm Glow

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pp. 47-

Polite Conversation

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pp. 48-

Apple Tree

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pp. 49-

A Bit of Luck

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pp. 50-

Image

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pp. 51-

Jade

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pp. 51-

Clip Clop

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pp. 52-

Tombed-In

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pp. 53-

Colours of Corot

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pp. 54-

Consider the Peppercorn

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pp. 54-

Things Pentecostal

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pp. 55-56

Bronze Horse

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pp. 57-

Mother Has Just Turned Seventy

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pp. 58-

Black Hole

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pp. 59-

Fragment

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pp. 60-

Well-spoken Cantonese

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pp. 60-

Soliloquy of a White Jade Brooch

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pp. 61-

After Yeats

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pp. 62-

Acrostics

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pp. 63-

Slow Rain

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pp. 64-

Apprehension of Beauty

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pp. 65-

For Foone, Brighton 1978

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pp. 65-

Discipline

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pp. 66-

The Cold Keeps Me Out

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pp. 67-

A Burning Inadequacy

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pp. 68-

The Hind-wheel of a Double-decker Bus

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pp. 68-

No Swan

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pp. 69-

Prayer

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pp. 70-

The Long Frown

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pp. 71-

What Mother Taught Me

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pp. 72-

Three Men in a Lift, Not to Mention the Woman Who Didn’t Get In

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pp. 73-74

The Passionate Lovers

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pp. 75-

A Neighbour’s Tale

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pp. 76-

To Grandfather (Monsieur Emmanuel Allaye Chan)

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pp. 77-

Desire

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pp. 78-

Once upon a Time

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pp. 78-

The Awful Belief

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pp. 79-

There Are No Monkeys Here

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pp. 80-81

Time’s Pummelling

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pp. 82-

The Unknown Source

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pp. 82-

Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex”

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pp. 83-

It’s Been Snowing

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pp. 83-

For Every Mask

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pp. 84-

Unschooled

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pp. 84-

I Love the Child in Me

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pp. 84-

Soliloquy of a Madman

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pp. 85-86

New Ends, Old Beginnings 1997

Migratory

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pp. 89-91

Did You Know

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pp. 92-

On Seeing Promite on the Shelves

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pp. 93-95

Conversation

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pp. 96-

January on the Gold Coast

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pp. 96-97

Odd Couple

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pp. 98-

Chat

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pp. 99-

Rambler

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pp. 100-

Party

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pp. 101-

The Australian O

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pp. 101-

Knocking at the Door of the Aboriginals

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pp. 102-

Coomera Lines

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pp. 103-

At the Foot of the Mountain

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pp. 104-

Beginnings and Ends

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pp. 104-

Storm

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pp. 105-

Shadows

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pp. 105-106

Tree of Life

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pp. 107-

End of Era

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pp. 108-

Walking

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pp. 108-

Island

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pp. 109-

Spirit of Place

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pp. 110-

Flags and Flowers For N. E. R.

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pp. 111-

Extension I

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Extension II

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pp. 112-

A Good Year

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pp. 113-

One Hundred Days to Go For P. Y. W. Lee

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pp. 114-

Chek Lap Kok

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pp. 115-

Meeting

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pp. 116-

Hopscotch down the Corridor

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pp. 116-

Upon Hearing of a Friend’s Death(After Yeats)

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pp. 117-

Discomfort

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pp. 118-

My Crown Jewels

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pp. 118-

Tilting

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pp. 119-

Dr Hero Joh

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pp. 120-

New Poems

Reflection

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pp. 123-

I Sing of a Man

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pp. 124-

Incense Tree Aquilaria sinensis

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pp. 125-

Marching

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pp. 126-127

Forty Years to Go

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pp. 128-

Skeltonics

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pp. 129-

Giants on the Land (Canada 2007) For Sarah

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pp. 130-

Kindred Growth

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pp. 131-

How on Earth . . .

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pp. 132-

TSANG Tsou-choi “The King of Kowloon”

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pp. 133-

A Veteran Talking

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pp. 134-

La Reine Australienne

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pp. 135-

Darkness at 4 p.m.

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pp. 136-

Three Poems on a Painter’s Works

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pp. 136-137

Dance

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pp. 138-

Cock-a-doodle-doo

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pp. 139-

About Turn

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pp. 140-

Dusk

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pp. 141-

Askew

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pp. 142-

Sounds

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pp. 143-

Nests

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pp. 143-

Notes

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pp. 144-

Learning to Walk

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pp. 145-

A Poem Is an Object

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pp. 146-

A Poem Is Like

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pp. 147-

Curtain Call

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pp. 148-

Found Items

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pp. 149-151

The Other Day

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pp. 152-

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Afterword

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pp. 153-154

The poem attracts attention not on account of any intellectual complexity or emotional intensity, nor for any particularly original or beautiful use of language. Its appeal consists, I think, in an image or story of a Chinese cosmopolitanism, apparently available to Hong Kong people though still, in the 1970s when the poem was written, not much ...

Appendices

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pp. 163-174


E-ISBN-13: 9789888052400
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622090545

Page Count: 188
Publication Year: 2009

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