Timothy Liu's Hard Evidence was released in 2001 by Talisman House.

Having Transcended the Cares of this World

He stops before a headshot framed
in a beauty shop window. Bows

to the virus lurking underneath
his own skin. Thinks about walking

back to the Met. To the Asian wing
where holes had been left behind

by termites drilling through the torso
of an unearthed Bodhisattva-

Soft Money

Buddha bellies staving off a washboard ideal.

Both sides of the aisle hard-up for cash.

Models of Jewish settlements cherry-bombed.

Elephantine SUVs low on guzzled gas.

No worse off than cabbies looking for a fare.

Unable to ride Wall Street's golden bull.

Potholes like a Starbucks opening up near you.