Discussing Our Current Condition

Duo Yu
Translated from the Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

It’s like this: someone is left with his last breath, someone has lost his youth.Too many hows and whys, we often self-interrogate until speechless.Sacrifice a word to the ax, hammer it into rows of nails.Or let darkness breed in our pupils glittering with shame.Doomsday has no doomsday, there is no trial from the start.The world is a vector, time drives us to somewhere far.Freedom isn’t free, in thrill a rope looks for heads it can fastenone by one, the asphalt pavement rises like a beast’s shoulder.Love is just a random thought, like the shine of a sycophant’s front teeth.No more hometown to bury someone, how wonderful, we die in the air.

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Duo Yu 朵渔 was born in Shandong Province and is one of the founding members of the Lower Body Movement, based in Beijing during the early 2000s. He received the 2007 Rougang Poetry Award and the 2010 Chinese Literature Media Award, and is the author of two collections of poetry, Chasing Butterflies (2009) and Writing Little Poems Causes Worries (2010). His several books of prose include Meanings Have Bored Us (2003) and Ten Faces (2009). He lives in Tianjin.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s latest collection is The Ruined Elegance, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and one of Library Journal’s “Best Books 2015: Poetry.” She lives in Paris where she works as a zheng harpist and an editor.

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