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

Monday, May 2, 2022

The Dagger of a Poet's Mind

for Lawrence Ferlinghetti, author of "Poetry as Insurgent Art."

Strive to change the world in such a way that there’s no further need to be a dissident. Read between the lives, and write between the lines. Be committed to something outside yourself. 

after the Free Expression March
and asked 
if I carry a weapon ...
I hand over my pen

the blood
crusting to claret
on the paper ...
in the jail cell my words
stronger than steel bars