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More than whispers, less than rumors - Bob Hicok

More than whispers, less than rumors - Bob Hicok

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The river is high. I’d love to smoke pot
with the river. I’d love it if rain
sat at my table and told me what it’s like
to lick Edith Piaf’s grave. I go along thinking
I’m separate from trash day
and the weird hairdo my cat wakes up with
but I am of the avalanche
as much as I am its tambourine.
The river is crashing against my…

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Lotus Picking Song - Li Po

Lotus Picking Song - Li Po

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... tracing a process of translation over a thousand years

採蓮曲

若耶溪旁采蓮女
笑隔荷花共人語
日照新妝水底明
風飄香袂空中舉
岸上誰家游冶郎
三三五五映垂楊
紫騮嘶入落花去
見此踟躕空斷腸

A girl picking lotuses
                      in Ruoye Stream
laughs and chats with someone
                      hidden by the flowers.
The sun shines her fresh rouge
                      clear down to watery depths;
The breeze lifts her scented sleeves
                      into an open sky.

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