By Xiao Maxian tr. FAN Jinghua
Because a wrong turn
Has a reason, Oleander, this turn
Leads to you. You, sitting there
Nonchalant in a huge pot,
Belong to no one but
The high summer and a chance encounter.
August 11, 2008
This is a freshly written poem, lovely. The poet is one of the many internet-based writers in China, who represent the vigor and buoyancy of contemporary Chinese poetry hard to be found in the print media. This poem is quite typical of the poet's temperament, as compared to the poems I've already introduced in this blog. Although the poet wins a quite noted prize, she seems still "unrecognized" in the "official" media.
About the Poet:
Xiao Maxian, penname of Wang Shasha, born in late 1970s, writes poetry, essays and stories since 2004. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and she won the Second Prize for Ye Hong International Women Poetry Competition in 2007. She now lives in Daqing, Heilongjiang Province, and serves as a webmaster in Poemlife.com, an influential poetry website in Mainland China.