One of China’s most significant contemporary poets, cotranslated by former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
Upon the magnificent extravagance of my beloved stilettos,
I want the world back. I’ve been alive—could it be?—
Near a century. My face has closed up shop.
My feet are a desolate country.
For a single woman, youth is a feast that lasts
Only until it is gone.
You didn’t come to live with me.—from “A Single Woman’s Bedroom”