poetry

Sonnet 15: Look at Those Teams of Pack Horses

english translation

Sonnet 15: Look at Those Teams of Pack Horses

original Chinese poem

15. 看这一队队的驮马

      看这一队队的骡马
      驮来了远方的货物,
      水也会冲来一些泥沙
      从些不知名的远处,

      风从千万里外也会
      掠来些他乡的叹息:
      我们走过无数的山水,
      随时占有,随时又放弃,

      仿佛鸟飞行在空中,
      它随时都管领太空,
      随时都感到一无所有。

      什么是我们的实在?
      从远方什么也带不来
      从面前什么也带不走

 

Chou Ping

Chou Ping is a professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He has coedited/co-translated several books with Tony Barnstone, including Chinese Erotic Poetry (Everyman, 2007); The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (Anchor, 2005); and The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala, 1996).

 

 

Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett’s third book, Mid Evil, was the winner of the Richard Wilbur Award for 2014. She is also a past cowinner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in many journals and in anthologies, most recently Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, and the Writer’s Almanac.

 

 

Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan was the first woman in France, and possibly in Europe, known to have supported herself and her family by means of her writing. She took up the pen after the death of her husband and produced several collections of poems, but she is best known now for her prose works on the role of women, such as The City of Ladies.

 

Clare Jones

Clare Jones is a graduate of Carleton College. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she earned an MFA in 2014.

 

 

Elizabeth Wager

Elizabeth Wager is a second-year MFA candidate studying at Southern Connecticut State University. Originally from the Southern Tier in Upstate New York, she lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and works as a freelance writer and editor. Her poems have appeared in the Allegheny Review, the Rectangle, and Yellow Chair Review. When she’s not writing for work, for school, or for fun, she enjoys sewing, graphic design work, and ice skating.

 

 

Cody Walker

Cody Walker is the author of The Self-Styled No-Child and Shuffle and Breakdown (both from Waywiser) and the coeditor of Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan). He lives with his family in Ann Arbor, where he teaches English at the University of Michigan.

 

 

Liz Ahl

Liz Ahl lives in Holderness, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Measure, Nimrod, Rappahannock Review, and River Styx. Her most recent chapbook, Home Economics, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2016.

 

 

Elise Hempel

Elise Hempel’s poems have appeared in numerous journals over the years, including Poetry, Measure, Valparaiso Poetry Review, the Evansville Review, and the Midwest Quarterly, as well as in Ted Kooser’s weekly column, American Life in Poetry. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize in Poetry and is a finalist in the 2016 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review. Her first full-length poetry collection, Second Rain, was released in summer 201

 

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