A new poem by Donald McGrath

FROM ANECDOTES OF OLD SHANGHAI

A notice issued in the seventh year
of the reign of Emperor Tong Zhi
lists the trades practised in the Inner Garden
of the City God Temple
in Shanghai
and the premises that housed them:

The bean trade, in the Hall for Gathering Graces

The shoe trade, in the Pavilion of Concentrating Brilliance

The flower trade, in the Hall of Fresh Fragrances

The hat trade, in the Pavilion of Flying Red

The cloth trade, in the Chamber for Enjoying the Moon

The mutton trade, in the Covered Corridor

The jewelry trade, in the Covered Corridor

The iron trade, in the Hall of Spring for Generations

The firewood trade, in the Enjoyable Study

The restaurant trade, in the Chamber of Reflecting Water

The butchery trade, in the Hall of Fragrant Snow

The copper-and-tin utensil trade, in the Covered Corridor

The farm firewood trade, in the Chamber of Scooping Freshness

and the blue cloth trade, in the Mid-Lake Pavilion.