Saturday, January 23, 2016

NeverEnding Story, December 2015

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu

she hides
the family photographs
in memory's drawer
at our next visit
we find ourselves missing

The Bamboo Hut, 1:2, January 2014

Chen-ou's comments:

Modeled on traditional Japanese tanka, this heartfelt tanka is made up of five poetic phrases/ku (prosodic units) and structured into two parts where reveals not only the devastating consequences of the illness/dementia but also the different forms of patient's cognitive impairment ("family photographs/in "memory's drawer" vs "at "our next visit"/we find "ourselves missing").

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