June 2010

Three Poems

by Yu Jian

translated from the Chinese by Wang Ping and Ron Padgett


The afternoon sun
sweeps across the furniture deep into the room
lights up the bowls and plates in the cupboard
the salt and pepper shakers on the gas stove
and the square stool under the table
The sun rearranges the colors in the pantry
A flash in the darkness
I find the long-lost
silver spoon

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Wang Ping’s many books of poetry and prose include American Visa, New Generation: Poems from China Today, and The Last Communist Virgin. She is an associate professor of English at Macalester College.

Poet Ron Padgett’s translations include Blaise Cendrars’s Complete Poems, Guillaume Apollinaire’s Poet Assassinated, and, with Bill Zavatsky, Valery Larbaud’s Poems of A. O. Barnabooth. This July, Zephyr Press will publish Flash Cards by Yu Jian, which Padgett cotranslated with Wang Ping.

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