Chessboard, and: Carpenter, and: A Taoist Priest on Mount Kongtong

Chessboard, and: Carpenter, and: A Taoist Priest on Mount Kongtong SHEN HAOBO Three Poems chessboard Flying back to Beijin g I look out— a thin layer of whiten ess over the city. Sno w. A chessboard . But who is playing ch ess with me? Nobody, only m e and the bloody setting sun— watching each ot her across the snowboard. Translation by Ming Di Carpenter e c Th arpenter, stripped to his wai st, is striving to shape a block of w ood with his hand pla ne. Shavings surge up like spra ys, curly and so ft, giving off the scent of woo d. Swimming among wood , he stretches out his a rms and draws them back. 98 A Taoist Priest on Mount Kongtong With great effort, I climbed to the mountaint op. er Th e was a Taoist temple , named Palace of the Jade Emper or. At its front do or sat an old Taoist pr iest striking the chime st one for the pilgrim s. With a mallet in his left ha nd for hitting the st one, he held an apple in his right h and. He struck the sto ne, then gave his apple a b ite, struck again, then bit http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Chessboard, and: Carpenter, and: A Taoist Priest on Mount Kongtong

Manoa, Volume 31 (1) – May 10, 2019

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SHEN HAOBO Three Poems chessboard Flying back to Beijin g I look out— a thin layer of whiten ess over the city. Sno w. A chessboard . But who is playing ch ess with me? Nobody, only m e and the bloody setting sun— watching each ot her across the snowboard. Translation by Ming Di Carpenter e c Th arpenter, stripped to his wai st, is striving to shape a block of w ood with his hand pla ne. Shavings surge up like spra ys, curly and so ft, giving off the scent of woo d. Swimming among wood , he stretches out his a rms and draws them back. 98 A Taoist Priest on Mount Kongtong With great effort, I climbed to the mountaint op. er Th e was a Taoist temple , named Palace of the Jade Emper or. At its front do or sat an old Taoist pr iest striking the chime st one for the pilgrim s. With a mallet in his left ha nd for hitting the st one, he held an apple in his right h and. He struck the sto ne, then gave his apple a b ite, struck again, then bit

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