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Poetry guest edited by David Prater




What It’s Like

If you don't know what it's like you just don't know and even if you did what good would it do apart from developing your character like when a detective reveals how he got those alluring emotional scars: a blow …

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You might have missed your chance to see Rome rebuilt from rain-spotted blueprints and you may never follow the ghost of a caravan hauling silk indigo opium cotton or salt. You might keep forgetting how rhythm is spelt but there's …

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Zhang Ping: I am Belgium's Zhang Ping. So Are You

Translated by Ouyang Yu I am Belgium's Zhang Ping. So are you swaying from side to side, we play saxophones together two tunes coming out of one brass wind strolling outside the window, like this snowy night as you said …

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Zhang Minhua: Daily Life

Translated by Ouyang Yu at five in the morning, i can hear pigs shrieking from across the river i can imagine how a sharp knife thrusts into the throat of a pig and how the hot blood shining with a …

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Zhang Minhua: In the Elevator

Translated by Ouyang Yu in the elevator, four or five people greeted each other mechanically i was embarrassed they were all in their forties or fifties — even i, the youngest, was thirty-odd years of age my vicious eyes were …

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Yu Kuichao: The Horses On the Slope

Translated by Ouyang Yu one horse, two horses three four five six seven horses one horse the net-shaped horse the transparent horse from one empty door to another empty door the skin of the grass rubbing against the belly the …

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Xu Jiang: Going Past the Women's Prison

Translated by Ouyang Yu several times i had gone past that stop by bus just in a flash each time and then that day two policewomen came from the stopsign. they went past me and sat down in the row …

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Shen Haobo: My Dad’s Sound Strategy

Translated by Ouyang Yu in 1967 my dad went to an alien place to begin his middle school career every weekend my dad managed to get home and bring from home things to eat salted vegetables and dry carrots or …

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Chen Dachao: Dreams Shattered Late At Night

Translated by Ouyang Yu. Dreams just made behind closed eyes were suddenly shattered by a glass breaking It would be better if it had been a glass but I was worried that it might be the goldfish from the fish …

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