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Watching the Moonrise Alone.

 Watching the moonrise alone
the silent moon is like the person watching
They're alone together
No one utters a single word
The passage of time is like the journey of the moon
across the sky
It moves further and further away
until the sky is completely empty
           Translations from the Chinese
By Anna Sun & Zack Rogow

Xiao An (b. 1964) is often regarded as a "poet's poet" in China. One of the few women in the experimental poetry group feifei, meaning "neither/ nor," she has been working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital for twenty years while steadily publishing poetry. Her writing is influenced by classical Chinese poetry but has a contemporary feel in its themes and sensibility.

Anna Sun is a scholar of Chinese religion and author of Confucianism as a World Religion. Her essays on literature have appeared in the Kenyon Review and London Review of Books.

Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His translations include Earthlight, by Andre Breton, which received the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Award.

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Title Annotation:Three Poems
Author:Xiao An
Publication:World Literature Today
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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