Night by Duo Duo translated by Ming Di and Katie Farris

Tonight, symbols take us

The Moon is an anemic face circling
a mistake we call
Death, a doctor standing by the bed we call bed

Heartless feelings
frightened feelings we call the feelings of the frightened

On my iron porch, Moonlight coughs
gently into a void
which coughs up
a suggestion of a seeable exile...

Duo Duo (1951- ), is a Chinese poet, and laureate of the 2010 Neustadt International Literature Prize from Oklahoma University.

Katie Farris is the author of boysgirls, as well as a co-translator of books of poetry from the French and Russian. Her translations and original work have been published in literary journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, Triquarterly, Hayden’s Ferry. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. She currently teaches at San Diego State University.