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Little Things

                                   Huang Lihai
Translated from Chinese by Shilin Ou

I treasure the little things
They are warm. They stay
in daily life, never spectacular
and silent like stars.
In my touch, they become trivial.
It feels like listening to songs of ancient time,
which are never complete, yet sufficient
to put me at sea.
It feels like an ocean being invaded by a grain of salt
or a piece of stone capturing a hill.
The small animals that I could not name
are my friends to be known
They live in a small and forgotten world
as I intend to praise them and prepare
to approach from here and delete
those big words

About the author:

Huang Lihai is a well-known Chinese poet. His works are included in numerous anthologies. He has published a number of poetry and essay collections, including I Know Little about Life, Feed Birds Rainbows, Insight and Distressful, Exquisite Intentions and Who Can Outrun The Lightning?. He also wrote volumes of criticisms on art, dance, film and poetry. Huang established the poetry magazines Poetry & People in 1999. Poetry & People Poet Prize were awarded to internationally renowned poets such as Adam Zagajewski, Tomaž Šalamun and Tomas Tranströmer, etc.  Huang won the Lu Xun Literary Award (Guangzhou, 2009), the Annual Artist Award from Phoenix Cable (2014), the Lebanon International Literary Award (2013). Hai Zi Poetry Award, Liu Yuxi Poetry Award, the Post-70 Poets Award and the Childlike Innocence Poetry Award. He is now the editor-in-chief of a poetry journal Chinese and Western Poetry.

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