Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NeverEnding Story, December 2014

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu

crossing over
the bridge of sighs
I felt you
folding into me
folding into prayer

GUSTS 19, Spring/Summer 2014

Chen-ou's comment:

The implied contrasts (the physical scene vs the mental image; the symbol of separation from the world vs the religious significance of relational intimacy...etc) between Ls 1-2 and Ls 3-5  are emotionally powerful.

And the use of syntactic parallelism adds spiritual depth to the poem.

at dock's end
a yellow ladder
steps in sky

VerseWrights, 2013

Chen-ou's comment:

The unexpected yet powerful L3 takes the reader to climb down the ladder into the sky of imagination, and the bright colour of a yellow ladder enhances the tone and mood of the poem, reminding me of Georgia O'Keeffe's famous 1958 painting, titled (yellow) Ladder to the Moon.

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