Jane Hirshfield: “My Corkboard” : The New Yorker

Poems, especially Ancient Chinese poems, require a lot of work, with rhyme, with meaning and the object that carries the meaning. In this sense, Chinese are the master of interpretation. But the new poems destroy the rules. Even though we say the rules are made for breaking, still, it is a challenge to write new poems in modern Chinese.

In English, it’s a bit different. This poem says it all.


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