The Dam and the Wall

Tuesday, 25 May 2010, 20:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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The Three Gorges Dam In one huge act of unremitting will, To thirty billion tons this wall says No. But Yes pours through the turbines of this mill, As strange thoughts through the Wall of long ago. (Thirty billion tons, around 30 cubic kilometers, is the amount of water impounded by the dam.)

Poems from Yichang

Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 23:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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China Poems, 2010 The Lone White Gull (after Du Fu) Each time I travel, it is like a death. I die into a self I do not know. My alien sinuses transform each breath Into a sign of passage: time to go. Smoggy Beijing is almost through with spring. The hotel garden droops, the flowers […]

To China

Sunday, 2 May 2010, 21:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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So I’m off to China, to teach Shakespeare for a month at China Three Gorges University. Li Bai wrote: Farewell, Upon Passing Mount Jin Men Li Bai (701-762) And now at length I’ve passed beyond Jin Men On my adventure to the land of Chu. The mountains end, the flatlands open out, The Yangtze meets […]