Poetry


Qiangrenliu 羌人六

Translated by Wenyuan Shao


Qiangrenliu is a post-’80s poet—making him part of China’s first generation to grow up entirely within the reformist era—of the Qiang ethnic group of Sichuan, China. He is the author of the long poem “Birthplace” and the prose collection Bronze Mask.

Journey

On a train,
Pitch-dark is kneeling outside the window.
It is like a maiden bathing at riverside
Shyly averting her eyes from my far-off gaze.
Lights along the rail crash against our train;
We are covered with wounds.
What can they say?
Those wearier than I
Fall asleep like stones.
The stars, still in the sky,
Seem to know where I am going.
From the sky, the stars are looking at the train.
Somewhat rash and sloppy,
The train that never turns back
Is especially lonely.

 

旅途

火车上,窗外跪着一片漆黑。
仿佛河畔洗浴的少女,
羞怯着拒绝了我
向她眺望的眼睛。
沿路灯火,将我们的火车撞碎,
我们遍体鳞伤。他们能说什么,
这些比我还累的人,
像石头一样睡了。
天边有凝固的繁星,似乎知道
我要去往何方。有点狼狈,
对它们而言,这绝不回头的火车,
显得格外寂寞。

 

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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