Shanghai in colour

by Ceci Mourkogiannis

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Even the government buildings are in full Technicolor,
monstrous piles of flushed-skin brick,
and when it rains the bicyclists wear kaleidoscopic
plastic macs in blues and pinks
and yellows
and the streets, sometimes choked
by dirty trucks and bone-grey suits,
become these little rainbows.

Ceci Mourkogiannis is a Greek/American writer currently working and studying in London. She completed her first two short poetry collections A Long Way to China and Flicked Wrists and Ragas after travelling in Asia during 2008. She started seriously considering writing poetry after attending an Arvon Foundation course under Iranian poet Mimi Khalvati, who inspired her to incorporate traditional poetic forms into her work. Ceci is the current editorial director of Libertine Magazine and is dedicated to showcasing young creative talent and to developing a broader range of platforms for fiction by up-and-coming writers.

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