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The Nude

translated by Tracy K. Smith and Changtai Bi

My eye laps at you in lamplight
Like a white hot tongue. Longing

Draws back, then rises, tidal.

The curtain of my hair
Announces my breasts. Your lips:

A languid breeze. Like a miracle
We feast and feast and nothing is spent.

Let flesh attend to flesh, sex to sex.
O, dexterous gold watch of the universe

On which one minute can straddle
A hundred years.


Copyright © 2018 by Tracy K. Smith. Used with the permission of the author.


Yi Lei

Yi Lei was one of the most influential figures of Chinese poetry in the 1980s. 

Date Published: 2018-07-20

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