Art and Aesthetics

Mr. Xie Fang Memorized and Recited My Poems

Mister Xie Fang Memorized and Recited My Poems , On a Random Day I Sent Him This Epistle After Shangyin read one of his poems to me, he calmly rested his chin on his hands and said,  “We have Beowulf, The Bhagavad-Gita, , the Bayajidda, the Sorrow at Parting of Chu Yuan, but there is…… Continue reading Mr. Xie Fang Memorized and Recited My Poems

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Poem Without a Title 18

The Phoenix is a magical bird that would be a Chinese Casanova where it not for the feathers and beak. In this poem I write about seduction, which it symbolizes, and whose singing is to women, irresistible. In Chinese mythology, white jade (白玉) has many amorous connotations. What is my phoenix? It lies in my…… Continue reading Poem Without a Title 18

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Poem Without a Title 17

My poem evokes the madness of love. Words are chisels, and sounds are cudgels. The images of love drift like smoke over distant mountains, fragmentary, suffocating and blinding, a grosse fuge of allusive words justified by passion. 重帷深下莫愁堂,  zhòng wéi shēn xià mò chóu táng 卧后清宵细细长。  wò hòu qīng xiāo xì xì cháng 神女生涯原是梦,  shén nǚ shēng yá yuán shì mèng 小姑居处本无郎。  xiǎo gū jū chǔ běn wú láng 风波不信菱枝弱,  fēng bō bù xìn líng zhī ruò 月露谁教桂叶香?  yuè lòu shuí jiào guì yè xiāng…… Continue reading Poem Without a Title 17

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Poem Without a Title 13

Like a J.S.Bach fugue, an Escher drawing, a mystical mathematical iteration, even an oil painting, the words in my poems intertwine, mingle, overlap and repeat. Jia She was a beautiful woman who captured the heart of Han Chong, a minor government official. Mi Fei was the King Of Wei’s beautiful concubine. I wrote this poem…… Continue reading Poem Without a Title 13

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Poem Without a Title 11

My poem draws from a popular Song Dynasty tune called the Lecher’s Rhapsody and another poem of mine, 士申七夕 (On The Seventh Evening Of The Seventh Month). According to legend, at a certain time every year, the Herd Boy and the Weaving Girl are allowed to meet. The legend alludes to lovers and couples forced…… Continue reading Poem Without a Title 11

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Poem Without a Title 9

Keeping a second woman is like riding the back of a tiger – losing your balance can kill you. We government officials often keep beautiful women as mistresses. For those without little wives, it is just as expensive keeping up appearances. Even a minor government official like myself needs some relief. Therefore, when I was…… Continue reading Poem Without a Title 9