Fall 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1991 |

Tienanmen, the Aftermath

      for the Chinese Democratic Movement There was blood and guts all over the road. I said I'm sorry, darling, and rolled over, expecting the slate to be clean; but she came, she who was never alive became resurrected.I saw her in dream . . . a young girl in a chipao, bespeckled, forever lingering, thriving on the other side of the world, walking in my soles as I walk, crying in my voice as I cried. When she arrived, I felt my knuckles in her knock, her light looming over the city's great hollows. Hope lies within another country's semaphores. The Goddess of Liberty, the Statue of Mercy-- we have it all wrong--big boy, how we choose to love, how we choose to destroy, says Chuangtzu, is written in heaven--but leave the innocent ones alone, those alive, yet stillborn, undead, yet waiting in a fitful sleep undeserved of an awakening.

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Marilyn Chin is the author of Hard Love Province (2014) and Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (2009) among other titles. Her writing has appeared in the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including five Pushcart Prizes, and has taught in a variety of workshops. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.

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