Lapses

Sun Tzu-ping
Translated from the Taiwanese Mandarin by Nicholas Wong

Who keeps looping simplicity like a song?The last slanting light has declared solitudeA rope is still missing to perfect the bindingBlurt out your sodium-high prayersThey almost get pan-fried on the tongue's plateauA symbolic acclivity is deliveredTo time's address, but no one lives thereA goalkeeper, quietly blindfoldedScenes with bittersweet subtitlesYou finally feel nothing about themWho put the left heart atrium on the lease?In succession, decrepit furniture grows skullsThe light responsible for haulage is unacknowledgedPlanets become self-employersWe lost the magic of being kind

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Born in 1976 in Taiwan, Sun Tzu-ping graduated from the Graduate Institute of Creative Writing and English Literature at National Dong Hwa University. He is currently an editor at the Liberty Times. Chinese titles by Sun include Knowing Shadows (essays), Sentimentalist (poetry) and Male Bodies (novel), among others.

Nicholas Wong is a visual artist and the author of Crevasse (Kaya Press, 2015), the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Besiege Me (Noemi Press, 2021), also a Lammy finalist in 2022. His translation has recently appeared in Ninth Letter, The Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Poetry London, and Foglifter.

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