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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Selected Tanka: Eyeless Doll Tanka

sleepless again
looking at water stains
on the ceiling
I hug my loneliness
like an eyeless doll

A Hundred Gourds, 4:2, March 2015

Father's Absent Gaze Tanka

father's absent gaze ...
and yet
for brief moments
the warmth of his hand
touching my own

Gusts, 28, Autumn/Winter 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Blood Moon Tanka

blood moon
from shards of glass
and yet I remain

Gusts, 28, Autumn/Winter 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Selected Tanka: Weight of Unspoken Words Tanka

first ESL class
on a snowy night
I struggled
under the weight
of unspoken words

Ribbons, 11:1, Winter 2015

Note: ESL stands for English as a Second Language.

Selected Haiku: Midnight Barking Haiku

midnight barking --
I turn up the volume
of my thoughts

Frogpond, 38:1, Winter 2015

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Selected Tanka Prose: A Short Story about Love

at her window
two shadows entwine
in one embrace ...
like vampires sucking blood
from my memories

Sitting at my desk, swathed in darkness, I use the new telescope to zoom in on them – watch her rise and fall as the man guides her slow circular movements. His hands slide up from her hips to her breasts, continue to her shoulders, altering her rhythm, pulling her down onto him... 

I open the drawer, take out a pocket knife, rush down to the basement parking lot, and find his piercing red Jaguar. Crouching, I plunge the tip of the knife into one of his tires with climactic fierceness; then I stab and I stab...the second, third, and fourth.

I rip out
each page of our life
this sultry night
the dream soaks my bed
with her moaning

hedgerow, 12, December 12 2014

Ashen Sky Haiku

truth isn't truth
crows call and answer
across the ashen sky

NeverEnding Story,  September 22, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018