‘Transformed Creature’ by Liu Xia

Translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern

You have a strange pet—
one eye is a cat’s, the other a sheep’s.
Yet, it won’t socialize with felines,
will attack any flock of sheep.
On moonlit nights,
it wanders on roofs.

When you’re alone,
it will lie in your lap,
preoccupied,
slowly studying you until—
on its face—a challenge.

6/1988

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Source: Liu, Xia, Di Ming, Jennifer Kronovet, Herta Müller, and Yiwu Liao. Empty Chairs: Selected Poems. 2015.

Begin reading about Liu Xia here and then Google her name and pay attention to learn more. 

I encourage readers to purchase the book here, and listen to a conversation between poet Rachel Zucker and translator Jennifer Kronovet on a recent episode of the Commonplace Podcast. You can financially support (as I do) Commonplace Podcast—a brilliant, important project exploring the work of influential working artists—on Patreon.

Pliant Young Models of Instagram (Ripple Fudge)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 801

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“These things can be arranged, he said. / Besides, glitter has become reasonable again. / Haven’t you heard? For one irrational second I thought / today’s subject was plagiarism, as symbolized / by that desk. But no, it’s joy” Ashbery

 

to mantis in prayer—reminded as though in prayer—remain a man indeed, and physical hyperactivity, distant, relative mad”), a word mad”), a word a world akin to mantic. a less expected, and physical hyperactivity, distant, relative to the prophesizing forelimbs extended as though of an ancient manner” (as in a (specified) manner” (an insect got its groove back. and its offspring, too. back from child protective services. back from american slavery, euro-peon colonialism, tribal tendencies, technocracies, madness, the folly of mutation and itself derives from greek mainesthai (“to be mannered” (as an insect get its game of a jumbo-jetted prophet.” the roué drags its nuts across ancient greece then suddenly too late sometimes from the greek word mad”), a word akin to mantic. a less expected, and physical hyperactive man”), a father akin to mania meaning and mean

Anchor Point on Marx’s Birthday

Wikipedia Poem, No. 775

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indoctrinations
said the question
needing communism
to point an anchor

profane
said the blames
with lyrics beckoning
snow

bitter acid
said an old-school still
hold tight the ideals
of marxist values

question
said the tanks to reassert
talk show values blame the armory
less for the birth of the soul

The Collected Poems of Capita Mortua

Wikipedia Poem, No. 761

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the seniors in 
   chang-tan park and 
  the seniors in he-yang 
         low-waged war and sparse reliable force since li he 
         served languish 
even 
   working 
peach-blossom steady erosion of state 
and sparse 
 
protest 
     comfortable 
forces in peach-blossom anxiety 
and sparse 
        reliable 
        for peach-blossom ranks of thot of complaints peach-blossom 
li he was surprised 
    the old 
man's teach blossoms the way 
li he was surprised those in factory towns 
had 
surprised tears investing complaints in peach-blossoms 
         golden hairpins work the peach-blossom way 
      li he was 
no less than ammunition
of abuse those 
         unlucky thursdays 

we are 
of a
middle-class
and fashionable
carriages rumbling
in ornate patterns 
of yellow twilight
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Source: Cohen, Patricia, and Robert Gebeloff. “Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class.” The New York Times, 22 Apr. 2018. Web.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 374

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“Blessed be God and evermore extoll’d / Who wou’d not let me fetter’d be with Gold” Mary Astell

knowledge hacked emails 
obtained by russian agency 
agence agentia agentem agents and sometimes 
   does 
not 
          give 
      hurt anyone appreciated emails noted info
but 
mr republican eagers the info now a 
state 
on sites aired documents 
      and mr emails with mr
          interview 
with 
  info but 
mr 
republican of the in-hand agentem
       calls referring on tuesday 
night 
have seemed to bond with mr interview 
now a state that 
  likely perceives the conclusion 
   of twitter of 
  wikileaks
and a blog called wikipoem

Wikipedia Poem, No. 236

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“Pardon my past, because, you know, / it was like all one piece. / It can’t have escaped your escaped your attention / that I would argue.” John Ashbery

 

precipitating spirit-quickening phlegm
stopping food accumulation squishing
blood-dispelling bleeding spit-wicking

orifice-opening movement of water
dispelling spirit respelling liver
yang-fortifying astriction-promoting

blood-nourishing supplement gushing
spirit-quake external application
promoting blood-upselling

orifice-opening blood-scattering
qi-suppressing blood-nourishing
damp-dispersing phlegm-transforming

Wikipedia Poem, No. 96

“I said once I said perhaps it is true that what makes poetry possible is a small country. Big countries cannot really make poetry because they do not cannot all when they say the same thing feel as they do. By this I mean. All this I mean.” —Gertrude Stein, Geographical History of America

ONE

         the buttons windows 
       in the play
     if 
with the ward 
down down down down 
          to accessory
games
    as 
maximum 
      strength 
this code is heir
voices will 
have 30 lives 
      to a door
performing
          extra second drift kill 
    activates
a minute begins 
which is 
frames in 
is unit of the code 
      building 
         the 
King  

      only 
         up to 

in routineshaft the character options the end 
the code entering the game
     of noise 
    caused  
play 
      enters
items

down down down 
flame 
       with extras lives

the character
         into a 
       pipe acting as unlockable invasion
      game 
code 
      when 
        refiling the 
          from bottom for substituting the code
     hellboy
at 
       the 
broken sing then rising 
    to 
 the 
        lives full of occult 
      of the special charm 
pressing 
      gun to the page will 
give 
the hard and 
in the code recites 
a pause menu of a 
       stereoscopic first enabling
          
         enternity 
eases 
       the frame in 8-bits damages 
play and 
tests
flesh & bloodline z-axis
the 
      wars begin 
     up up up

    it 
won't 
          do 
      animation locked
exploitable
goemon emerges as bee

a door unlockable
   tales 
   picked 
      once 
      perform
a dot-gulping 
sequence substitution 

test
crises: revolution ally mao

TWO

skeleton cash at 
       the present exhibition 
      you can sit & write of swords 
cutting the ghost station 
       you will be sound

     those were there bootlegging the 
      haunted fair 
        after downstreet 
your shop donkey-changed
      
ghost can 
         seam the workshop 
      the original 
        networks

miscellaneous craftsmanship there and holidays
to meeting with this ghost
        edo epitaph monster 
    for flyers 
locked in the pier-machine
      to 
expect 
      dinner
        it 
      is also 
         not afternoon

skeleton quotient
motif hair we have all lists
   by the august 
   fair 
frequently asked 
        a small 
first venue in the heart of shenzhen 
ghost  only during also garbled 
shoppu monstery

    about this much 
as fans I 
am a waiting district network 
      named the print plater 
art photos specter emma exhibitions 
      of shenzhen edo epitaph 
of the japanese sword we 
      withhold 
in 
the exhibition from sewing 
to the 
       flyers 
and 
hair amulets cash climbing e-store please 
      understand monsters and magic 
energy and shop because it 
      is from in the 
      can we will to look


  are 
   the museum 
        streets short stories 
of specter the for the emotion 

in that downstreet shop 
participant
special openings 
can 
     joint forward 
       diving of kappa 
      shop donkey chan demonium 
          by that exhibition 
the haunted yu darkseed 
sell 
paper circles spectacle debord
miyoshi of luncheon many times little 
mail and sell

Moyecques [revision]

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The super ball is a comet
rips through passive air. 

The super ball doesn’t bounce
bites holes in the wall the concrete
foundation window pane the neighbor’s forehead.

The super ball deeply drags
Chinese supersmog floods the Superdome
sparks forest fires castrates polar ice licks your molten core.

The super ball is a nuclear bunker buster 
shearing close to ears shares killer yarn about its time in the Royal Air Force
never barks shows teeth when you stick to listening or head-gone leave a shitty tip.

The super ball is grey not gray a dumb way
for a poet to describe anything of such magnitude
its lack-of-color some people cannot see or ignore or slather over 
      with all the gravity of a man crushed undone turned inside out by the truly random.

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