Post Road Magazine #25

The Leshan Giant Buddha

Tan ChaoChun (translated by Zhong Jie)

How can you sit here?
even monks have to stay away from the madding world.

Now there are weeds between your fingers
and you become accustomed to the rich life
in the downtown across the river.

You let men and women
have a stealthy love affair
in your hair by starlight.

A Sickle

Tan ChaoChun (translated by Zhong Jie)

Only a sickle
moves with me to the city.
I put it high on the bedroom's wall.

It curves like a question mark,
asking me
when will the harvest begin?

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