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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lolita in a World of My Own

for Vladimir Nabokov

we turn
to each other
in a wet kiss
the scent
of her tousled hair

liquid moonlight
splashing her face
the small o
of her crimson mouth
as I unzip her jeans

she wears her panties
with a man's eye in mind
her young body
contains a life story
as much as her brain

the conversation
of our sweaty bodies
she asks me
what remains of this
behind-closed-doors relationship

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Same Old Story?

for ten years
we've shared a bed
now each night
we sleep back-to -back
without touching

newly divorced
I stare
at the moonlight
on the empty side
of my bed

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Ghostly Past Tanka

I attend
my first singles party
since the break-up ...
watching the snow, I sink
into my ghostly past

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Monday, February 19, 2018

Departure Tanka

a green flashing
at summer sunset
those three words
she doesn't utter
before my departure

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fondling the Idea of Love Kyoka

satisfying myself
by fondling
the idea of love
I start to moan
in a summer dream

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lengthening Shadow Tanka

shadow on the hallway
to the morgue ...
I wake up sweating
on the bedroom floor

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Broken Memories Tanka

shards of glass
from the wedding photo ...
my mind clogged
with broken memories
and pieces of her

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Friday, February 16, 2018

Last Petal Tanka

in the dream I listen
to my wife counting
love me, love me not
love me, love me not ...

to the last petal

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Selected Senryu: Christmas Eve Senryu

Christmas Eve
my dog and I run
out of topics

Frogpond, 36:2, Summer 2013

Selected Haiku Sequence: Another Year

hometown memories ...
spring water
against my legs

something old
that is always new
summer stars

autumn sunset
on a yellow brick road
I go skyward

a fleeting dream
in winter moonlight
notes of an erhu

my dog and I
in a patch of sunlight
New Year's morning

Frogpond, 36:2, Summer 2013
Fear of Dancing, Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2013

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Moonlit Chill Tanka

feeling alone
with a moonlit chill ...
even the silence
in my attic room
has its own voice

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day of the Dead Tanka

Day of the Dead ...
an old monk
striking his gong
in the moonlit cold
of midnight

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Friday, February 9, 2018

Shades of Gray Tanka

living alone ...
an old migrant's bungalow
casts shades of gray
onto black-and-white photos
of his hometown

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Heart Transplant Tanka

a man's heart
transplanted into her chest . . .
alone at twilight
she listens
to his/her heartbeat

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Winter Moon Tanka

I open the window
to last night's winter moon ...
hoping to cover
the silence between us
she throws a party

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Monday, February 5, 2018

Waiting Room Tanka

her eyes tell it all ...
our world
shrinks to the size
of this waiting room

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fireworks Show Tanka

fireworks show ...
all the migrants (except me)
on the rooftop
think they are on the way
to somewhere brighter

Atlas Poetica, 30, 2017

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Selected Senryu: Campaign Speech Senryu

campaign speech --
words moving up and down
his Adam's apple

Prune Juice, 10, 2013

Selected Tanka: Dull Ache Tanka

a love letter
found in the false wall
of her basement ...
a dull ache
in my groin area

Fire Pearls 2 : Short Masterpieces of Love and Passion, 2013

Friday, February 2, 2018