The immigrant lives

in a drafty room
somewhere in Chinatown

in a basement shared
with 4 cooks and 3 cabbies

in a shack at the edge
of a tomato field

in a garage with a door
to a makeshift outhouse

in a pantry cabinet fitted
with a cot and lightbulb

in a kitchen where a pallet
can fold out close to the stove

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