Poetry


Asu Yue’er 阿苏越尔

Translated by Lulei Su


Archery Festival

Archery festival, Chifeng inner Mongolia, 2013. Photo by Mark Bender.

 

Asu Yue’er was born in a Yi village in Liangshan Prefecture in 1966. He graduated from the Department of Ethnic Literature at Southwest University for Nationalities in 1989. His anthology Poems of Asu Yue’er won the third Sichuan Ethnic Literature Award. He is a member of the Sichuan Writers’ Association.

The Village Girl

You sang under every wisp of cloud,
Sheep scattered among the beautiful hills.
Your time, too, was
Stretched across the slopes and ridges.
Black sheep and white sheep mixed together
Were the joy and sorrow of your days.

On a windy, rainy day
A group of people from the other side of the mountain arrived.
Surrounding your beautiful shyness, they then
Took you away from your weeping mother.
At the foot of the densely populated mountain,
You were welcomed by a heavy backpack
And another wisp of cloud that belongs to you.

Everyone says that the trip from the village to the school
Is but a few hours,
But this journey took you an entire twelve years.

 

山村女孩

你在每一片云彩下歌唱
羊群分布在美丽的山上
你的时间也被
分散在坡坡岭岭
黑白相间的羊群
就是你一天的欢乐和忧伤

风雨交加的日子
从山的那边走来一群人
围着你美丽的羞涩,后来
把你从流着泪的阿妈身边带走
在人群聚居的山下
迎接你的是沉甸甸的书包
还有属于你的另一片云彩

人们说,从山村出发去学校
只需几小时
而你却整整走了十二年

 

From Chinese Literature Today Vol. 4 No. 1

Current Issue
March 2011 Issue

Table of Contents

VOLUME 4, NUMBER 1

FEATURED AUTHOR: Ge Fei

  • 6 Ring Flower, by Ge Fei
  • 12 Time in Imagery, by Ge Fei
  • 16 The Psychic Split in Chinese Contemporary Literature: Ge Fei and Zhang Ning in Dialogue, by Zhang Ning
  • 24 Song of Liangzhou, by Ge Fei
  • 29 The Myriad Things Retain Their Mystery for Me, by Jing Wendong

SECTION TWO: Selected Works

  • 32 Reminiscing about My Childhood, by Yang Jiang
  • 36 Five Poems, by Yang Jian

SECTION THREE: New Works on
Chinese Literature

  • 39 Whether to Write Classical or Modern Poems: A Speech Given at the Gulangyu, Xiamen Poetry Festival, by Lü Yue
  • 44 Writers’ Exchange, by Sun Yu and Zhang Ning

SECTION FOUR: 2013 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature: Yang Mu (Guest Editor: Michelle Yeh)

  • 48 Introduction to the Newman Prize
  • 50 The Newman Prize for Chinese Literature: Nomination Statement for Yang Mu, by Michelle Yeh
  • 54 The Wellsprings of Poetry in Taiwan, by Yang Mu
  • 56 “Imagine a Symbol in a Dream”: Translating Yang Mu, by Andrea Lingenfelter
  • 64 “Language Is Our Religion”: An Interview with Yang Mu, by Zhai Yueqin
  • 69 Selected Poems, by Yang Mu

SECTION FIVE: Special Feature on Chinese Minority Poetry (Guest Editor: Mark Bende)

SECTION SIX: Special Memorial Feature
for C. T. Hsia

IN EVERY ISSUE

  • 3 Editor’s Note
  • 4 Contributors
  • 128 Chinese Literature in Review
  • 156 Pacific Bridge

ON THE COVER Xiao Wu Ji (detail), by
Chen Fei, 2012

 

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