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The Factory Worker's Son

Poetry from Irish writer Djamel White


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The Voice is the student newspaper run by internationals at KU Leuven. Between 2018 and 2022, The Voice published articles on the Veto website under the The Voice section, combined with translations of Dutch Veto articles. After 2022, the section was renamed to Veto English. Since then, the section has been operated by Veto English staff only.

by Djamel White

(Inspired by Wang Xiaoshuai)

There is no exception to the rule

Return to the steelworks now and

billow smoke around the town

The grind and the groan

The colossal moan

the residual dust

I am the shadow of that thing you saw

Rise from the reservoir with gills and claws

Romantic China’s dead and gone

Drowned in the glow and the neon hum

And dusk

Your half-light shimmers

A silhouette in the window

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