Poems

Ted Rule: Four poems in translation

Snow at Night Abrupt awake, my quilt and pillow cold Light through the paper of my courtyard door Deep in the night, heavy snow At times the sound of bamboo cracking Bo Juyi, translated by Ted Rule Five Poems on a Spring Day, No. 1 A night of rain and distant thunder Emerging light shimmering on blue green tiles New buds cradling spring tears Rose branches drooping weakly in dawn light Qin Guan, translated by Ted Rule Song on an Autumn Night The ticking of a clock, the dripping of a tap, the night stretches forever. The moon scuds between…

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