My crooked chinese fingers groped
The machinery of your throat
His ‘crooked Chinese fingers’ hearken back to the first verse, where he described his partner’s neck — skinny, like that of a ‘Chinese bird in a fading ancient painting’. It is that neck that he now ‘gropes’ — that is to say, the ‘machinery’ of it, the throat, that allows her to breathe.
Within the context of the prior lines, what else could this be but a strangulation?
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