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Autumn Daybreak, Walking through a Deserted Village in South Valley
Autumn
Daybreak, Walking through a Deserted Village in   South Valley at autumn’s end, frost and
dew hanging heavy, rise at dawn to walk
through a hidden valley— yellow leaves have
enveloped the creek bridge, in the deserted village,
nothing but ancient tre...
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After Lunch
After Lunch after the meal: doze off
for one nap; waking, it’s time for two
bowls of tea— raise my head to gaze at
the sun; it’s already turned southwest,
light slanting— those who are glad rue the
urgent sun; those who grieve hate the
distant new year— tho...
After Lunch
After Lunch
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Moon Poem
Moon Poem perched on the highest
peak I gaze in all directions without
end— no one knows I sit here
alone; orphan moon shines on the
cold stream— but there’s no moon within
the stream: the moon’s after all in
blue skies— I recite this scrap of a
song, but i...
Moon Poem
Moon Poem
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On The Highest Tower In White Emperor Castle
On The Highest Tower
In White Emperor Castle on
the walls the way’s sharp, narrow: in waning sun, pennants signal mourning— one
stands alone on the misty tower’s soaring heights— in
the gorge cleft: cloud and fog where dragon and tiger sleep— the
sun-drench...
On The Highest Tower In White Emperor Castle
On The Highest Tower In White Emperor Castle
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Three Poems for Chang’e
Chang’e on the candlelit mica
screen, a distant shadow; Heaven's River ebbs
slowly, the morning star sinks low— Chang’e must regret
stealing the elixir of life: blue of sea, blue of sky,
her dark heart, night after night based on Li Shangyin: 嫦娥 Cháng'é Mid...
Three Poems for Chang’e
Three Poems for Chang’e
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In the Classical Style
In the Classical
Style this lifetime passes, a
wandering guest; this death, like someone who
returns home— an upstream journey between
earth and heaven, then the grief of dust across
ten thousand years— the moon rabbit grinds the
elixir in vain, the tree of...
In the Classical Style
In the Classical Style
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Moon
Moon in
the fourth watch the mountains spew up the moon, in
night’s remains, waters illuminate the tower— in
essence, a dusty case revealing a mirror, curtains
raising themselves in gusts to the topmost hook— the
Rabbit ought to ponder my crane-white hair, ...
Moon
Moon
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The Locomotive
is
no bigger than my thumb, a tree’s
straight-grained fragment
milled to a shape implying
dynamics, but
parked on the bookshelf it doesn't
budge an inch, except
as we all do in earth’s thousand
mile per hour spin— the
locomtive’s out of proportion with the ...
The Locomotive
The Locomotive
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The Book
the
book has boundaries without boundaries; in
that sense the book resembles a house: you are
born & die there again & again, you hoist
it on your back, you shrink into it, you listen
to raindrops tapping the skylight when morning
is gray & the chestnut bur...
The Book
The Book
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Dao De Jing 19
Dao De Jing 19 Reject sagacity, abandon
expertise & the people will
benefit a hundred times over; reject altruism, abandon
morality, and the people will return
to benevolence; reject ingenuity, abandon
profit, & thieves will no
longer steal. But these three...
Dao De Jing 19
Dao De Jing 19
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