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CANNOT SPEAK HIS NAME – 湘蓮子

七月 20, 2017

Xiang Lianzi
CANNOT SPEAK HIS NAME

something like expressive aphasia
we all have a problem with naming names

cannot say the time
we can only stutter
beat around the bush
a clock
turning hands

cannot say cause and effect
just hold it back
say retribution

cannot say the place
just say it was crawling with people
and mysterious creatures
with a dead body

cannot say the sea
only
salute

all of july
all the world saluting to him
we cannot say his name

7/20/17
Translated by MW, 7/20/17

ON A TRIP – 春树 Chun Sue

一月 9, 2016

Chun_Sue

Chun Sue
ON A TRIP

In the same night
in Berlin
I was at two events with Chinese writers.
The female writer who lived in London
gave me a stronger impression
than the male writer who stayed in America.
Her English pronunciation was better, more resonant;
also before at the event with the male writer
I was very thirsty
so I was distracted.
When the female writer was up on the stage
I had drunk enough water,
had been to the bathroom.
Under the light,
from the side she frowned at the moderator.
A grimace like
a Hollywood star doing a fierce ugly Asian.
It was really confusing,
like she was seeing her psychiatrist
at the literature festival.
As she screwed up her face
I really wanted to ask her: Are you happy?
Maybe it was
that special
feeling for form
reminding me of my former self.
At a lit fest in Norway, I had a crowd of high school kids;
when it was over,
I saluted the packed mass in the dark,
like a Young Pioneer.

2015
Tr. MW, Jan. 2016

Chun Sue On Tour


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