Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Friday, June 22, 2018

Selected Tanka: Flight and Fright Tanka

white flight, white fright ...
my Chinese roommate
practices "l" and "r"
before the window
as the moonlight slips in

VerseWrights, March, 2014

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Last Journey

I came, I lived, I regretted ...

Her ellipsis points still wet with blood.

all night long
the dog and I feel its weight ...
snow-shrouded silence

Ephemerae,1, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Story Fading into the Wind

You'll get over it. Eventually. Everyone has to get over being in love with someone who can't love them back. Her parting words, our last embrace, the look in her eyes still linger. The image of her hand waving in the wind is frozen on my mental screen.

We met in a train station ten years earlier. The same hand beckoned me to embark on a journey of self-discovery.

french kissing
on the bridge with love locks
two pink-haired girls

Contemporary Haibun Online, 13:4, January 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stained Glass Light Haiku

the wooden Jesus
and a bent over woman ...
stained glass light

NeverEnding Story,  May 20, 2018

Selected Short Poem: Poetics of Intercourse

I, committed writer
of your body,
a scroll of eros;
you, casual reader
of my face,
a map of solitude.

We screw each other
less in reading
than in writing.

Breadcrumb Scabs, 17, May 2010

Monday, June 11, 2018

Just Words

a senryu sequence written for Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

first peace talks
crows on the power line
answering crows

peace talks halted
a raven cries
into the gathering dark

peace talks resume
a small twist
to the president's mouth

NeverEnding Story, June 11, 2018