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NANJING NIGHT SONG.

 9:00
The moon grows bright black hair
and lures men like light
lures moths
10:00
Us: night's servants
putting on our sunglasses
11:00
The sound of footsteps enters a dream
and turns into sinister knocking
12:00
No one's lonelier than someone awake now--
all sleeping pills do is keep worry from exploding
1:00
A tree root kicked
and tripped a night walker
2:00
One drunk, two drunks
split by the silver axe
of the moon
3:00
A shadow on duty under the lamp
longs for a flying dream to evaporate it
4:00
Love crawls through a dream
licking wounds with dew
5:00
The Milky Way shatters, scattering handcuffs
to lock up students reading at dawn
6:00
A shameless sunrise
begins to appoint its bureaucrats

The original poems will be published at chicagoreview.org along with the translations.--ED.

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Author:Huang Fan
Publication:Chicago Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jun 22, 2019
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