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WEEKEND ACTIVITY – 唐欣 Tang Xin

七月 20, 2020

Tang Xin
WEEKEND ACTIVITY

Overcast afternoon hot & clingy no wind
a poet comes out of the subway gets on his bicycle
bag on his back with waterflask right on time
appears in the bookstore in the outskirts sits down
with a band of readers around a table a female student
from a media college does the mc women
and children young men smiles
on their faces one after the other reads from a yearbook
of colloquial poetry other customers passing
will probably think a religious circle

So can he be called a missionary
don’t be too optimistic to propagate poetry these years
is actually harder than spreading the gospel

May 2019
Translated by MW, July 2020

 

SICK

二月 26, 2020

A picture of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai is shown on a placard beside another bookseller, Lam Wing-kee, who criticized Gui’s prison sentence announced by China. Kin Cheung/Associated Press/File 2016/Associated Press

A picture of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai is shown on a placard beside another bookseller, Lam Wing-kee, who criticized Gui’s prison sentence announced by China. Kin Cheung/Associated Press/File 2016/Associated Press

 

 

SICK

How many dead now, how many infected?
How many countries?
Is it near us, should we buy masks?
What should we do?

Meanwhile there are other news.

China sentences Hong Kong bookseller to 10 years in prison.
China kidnaps Hong Kong bookseller from Thailand.
China kidnaps whole bookstore.
Five employees.
China makes them confess on TV.
Only one escapes, after years.
Only one talks.
I have seen him in Frankfurt.
He didn’t have a book.
He didn’t have a book stand.
He was out on the square, in the open
on a makeshift platform.
He was very much alone,
although people helped him.
I hope he can have enough peace
to publish a book about his captivity.
I want to see it in every bookstore.
One book for each of them!
Gui Minhai, the bookstore owner, he was sentenced now
for providing intelligence abroad.
How could he do that?
He has been in prison for years,
in secret detention.
He is Swedish, has a Swedish passport.
They let him out briefly
and snatched him again from a train.
He was with Swedish diplomats on his way
to the Swedish embassy.
Must have talked fast then, revealing so many secrets
there on that train, dangerous secrets.
Now they say he says
he wants no foreign passport in prison.
He applied to restore his passport, they say.
They say he does not wish to appeal.
China sentences Hong Kong bookseller.
I guess China
is the sick man of China.

MW February 2020

 

 

 


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