small town saxaphone

men in rain, thin and fine halos of hair,
they walk like brown trees, so spread apart.
the street looks like a big thick saxophone running by.

a line of light plays out along undulating roofs,
threads of rain fall upon children and dogs.
leaves and lamp on the wall silently burn.

i walk into this small town on the flatland,
a basket of chestnuts sits in town.
i walk to the door where human lips and the saxophone touch.

 

小镇的萨克斯

雨中的男人,有一圈细密的茸毛,
他们行走时像褐色的树,那么稀疏。
整条街道像粗大的萨克斯管伸过。

有一道光线沿着起伏的屋顶铺展,
雨丝落向孩子和狗。
树叶和墙壁上的灯无声地点燃。

我走进平原上的小镇,
镇上放着一篮栗子。
我走到人的唇与萨克斯相触的门。

 

Zhu Zhu was born in Yangzhou, P.R. China. He is a poet, critic and curator of art exhibitions and has published numerous volumes of poetry and prose, such as Drive to Another Planet, Salt on Wilted Grass, Blue Smoke, The Trunk, Stories, Vertigo, and Grey Carnival—Chinese Contemporary Art since 2000. Zhu’s honors include Liu Li’an and Anne Kao national poetry prizes, the French International Poetry Val-de-Marne Fellowship, Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Critics and Henry Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.

 

 

Dong LI was born and raised in P.R. China. He is German Chancellor Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2015-2016 as well as Literature Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude 2015-2017. He was Colgate University’s Olive B. O’Connor Poet-in-Residence 2013-2014. His honors include fellowships from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, PEN/Heim Translation Fund and elsewhere. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, Cincinnati Review, manuskripte (Austria, in German translation), and others.

 

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