City Beat


Outdoor sculpture at Shanghai’s Power Station of Art gallery.

City Beat

 by LeeAnne Lavender


I listen to the bass beat knock against

the Shanghai skyline.


I have been silent for hours,

listening to authors and paintings and

two delicate, hinged metal feathers fluttering soundlessly

against the concrete sky,

Icarus in modern form.

Then people having afternoon tea, laughing, talking,

stretching toward the feathers’ graceful arc of



A door opens and the towers speak,

singing to the slate ribbon of river

and to the wave of windswept people

snapping photos on the Huangpu.


My silence spreads like wildfire

and I fall into it, arms spread wide.


March 2019