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The Shape of the Ocean

The Shape of the Ocean JIANG HAO e S Th hape of the Ocean When you ask me what the ocean’s shape is li ke I should bring you two sacks full of sea wa ter. e Th y are the ocean’s shape, like two ey es, or what the ocean seems like because of a pair o f eyes. You caress them, as though dabbing a way two scalding tears, and t ears are also the ocean’s shape, their transp arency arising from identical so uls. Leaning the sacks toget her does not make the oceans wider. From their fres hness, two not-fish are about to emer ge. You sprinkle water on the sand-like flo ur. Bread is an ocean’s sha pe. Before you slice it with the blade o f a sail it is already going away, like a boat from a harbor. The plast ic bags lying flat on the table are an ocean’s s hape, with their tides ebbing from the beac hes. When an actual tide eb bs, the salt that remains is the ocean’s s hape. You don't believe me? I should bring you a s ack of sea water and a sack of sand, which are the shapes of t he ocean. You say yes, then no; then not-y es, not-no. Go and look at your self, you are also an ocean’s shape, even though y ou say, “I am only the shape of myself.” Translation by Ming Di and Frank Stewart http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

The Shape of the Ocean

Manoa , Volume 31 (1) – May 10, 2019

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Abstract

JIANG HAO e S Th hape of the Ocean When you ask me what the ocean’s shape is li ke I should bring you two sacks full of sea wa ter. e Th y are the ocean’s shape, like two ey es, or what the ocean seems like because of a pair o f eyes. You caress them, as though dabbing a way two scalding tears, and t ears are also the ocean’s shape, their transp arency arising from identical so uls. Leaning the sacks toget her does not make the oceans wider. From their fres hness, two not-fish are about to emer ge. You sprinkle water on the sand-like flo ur. Bread is an ocean’s sha pe. Before you slice it with the blade o f a sail it is already going away, like a boat from a harbor. The plast ic bags lying flat on the table are an ocean’s s hape, with their tides ebbing from the beac hes. When an actual tide eb bs, the salt that remains is the ocean’s s hape. You don't believe me? I should bring you a s ack of sea water and a sack of sand, which are the shapes of t he ocean. You say yes, then no; then not-y es, not-no. Go and look at your self, you are also an ocean’s shape, even though y ou say, “I am only the shape of myself.” Translation by Ming Di and Frank Stewart

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 10, 2019

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