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Thu, Apr. 7th, 2005, 10:55 pm
jianna: ;lakjL

In "A Wolf" by Ji Xian there is another strange translation along the same line as "pussikins" but not quite as bizarre. I once again wonder what the original word for "groovy" is.

"Kingdom of Solitude" seems to go back to the scholar-seeking-solitude theme that we saw so often in earlier literature. The way that night is described in it, as being like a refuge from the day, reminds me of summer here. It's just unliveably hot during the day, but it's wonderful once the sun finally goes down.

I really liked "nostalgia" by Yu Guanzhong. The structure with all the repetition had a really interesting feel to it that I can't really describe adequately.

I feel like I should understand "Salt" by Ya Xian better than I do. I think maybe the point is that the old Woman's life was similar to Dostoyevsky, even though, obviously, he didn't know her. However, I don't know if that's at all accurate since the only Dostoyevsky book I read was "Crime and Punishment," which I really just didn't enjoy, so I forgot most of it.

"Vagabond" probably makes more sense, visually, in Chinese. The vertical "a silk fir, I think, is supposed to resemble the tree itself, but it ended up looking very tall in english. However, I don't know what it looked like originally and I might just be thinking too literally.

I can't think of why "Geometry" is in the title of "Geometry: River Goddess" except for one mention of a grid. It is interesting how it includes quotes of previous poems. We haven't seen that happen in a while and it goes against the "Down with all -isms."

Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)

Omg, Anne, you're running this community by yourself.

I shall join you.

Though I will have nothing to enter til September.