YANG KE Two Poems Walking towards flower mountain (suite) Translator’s Note: Flower Mountain (Huashan) is in Ningming County, Guangxi province, along Mingjiang River. Around 1,500 rough-edged human ﬁgures, bursting with raw vitality, are painted on a cliff face in cinnabar. e Th largest of the ﬁ gures is three meters tall, and the shortest is around thirty centimeters. The g ﬁ ures are spread over an area abfty out ﬁ meters high and nearly two hundred meters wide. This place is widely thought to be the cultural fountainhead of the Zhuang Minority. Hey-yo hey-yo— I am a paean in blood I am a tribute to fir e From the tip of a boar’s tusk I c ame From a pheasant’s fluffed-up feathers I cam e From strange power of bone ornaments I c ame Having snuffed out the ravenous glow in a wolf ’s eyes I c ame Having faced down the flaming stripes on a tiger’s brow I c ame From a straight arrow and a stout bow I cam e here Stepping over death agonies of my p rey Hey-yo blood hey-y fire o Hey-yo fierce beaut y With sword raised beating a drum to a gong’s
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 10, 2019
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