For Sappho, by Haizi

5 Mar

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Poem after poem, the Chinese poet Haizi, who ended his life on a train track at 25, nurtures a romance, fated to end in a marriage, with death.  He addresses the dead: Dante and Beatrice, Yesenin, Van Gogh, Wittgenstein.  In his earthly life, the poet bears the “crown” of poetry: nothing less than a crown of thorns.  Earthly life, for him, is a bitter journey to that final, much-anticipated wedding celebration:

At last before my eyes,

From the floating planks of my tomb,

A bridge or marriage boat will be formed.

Meanwhile, in the night, toward the moon and death, roses  grow feverishly.  Flashing her constantly mutating face, death is a pure a vision of nature, fertile and ecstatic, a grassland or Sichuan, a provisioner of exquisite flowers or of girls.

In the following poem, the poet requests a kiss from Sappho, the dead poetess.

For Sappho

Hot with love,

Exquisite as flower nurseries,

Girl poets lounge in a bower;

A mouth is employed

In plucking another’s lips.

****

I hear the echo of youth’s transformations: Sappho.

****

You with the name like a green,

Flock-strayed goose beneath a key:

Cover my glass.

****

Svelte Tuscan girl,

Sylph of herbs and dawns,

Female cupbearer;

****

You with the wildflower name

Like hot, overflowing water

Dripping to a fragment of blue ice;

****

Sappho, Sappho

Of the head scarlet-swathed,

Upon every flown chick

Vermillion lips have left their mark.

Your shoelace,

Wind-bent on moist earth,

Bears the scent of your body.

****

Within the bower,

Sweetly repining for love,

Sappho, Sappho,

Lend me one kiss.

****

给  萨  福

美丽如同华云的女诗人们

相互热爱,坐在谷仓中

用一只嘴唇摘取另一只嘴唇

我听见青年中传言道:萨福

一只失群的

钥匙下的绿饿

一样的名字。盖住

我的杯子

托斯卡尔的美丽的女儿

草药和黎明的女儿

执杯者的女儿

你野花

的名字。

就像蓝色冰块上

炎蓝色水清的溢出

萨福萨福

红色的云缠在头上

嘴唇染红了每一次飞过的鸟儿

你散着身体香味的

鞋带被风吹断

在宁土里

谷仓中的嘤嘤之声

萨福萨福

亲我一下

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