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Self Portrait

by Hai Zi

translated from the Chinese by Ye Chun

The mirror is a bowl
on the table
My face
is the potato in the bowl
Growing out of the field
these warm bones


Hai Zi (1964-1989) is one of the most influential contemporary Chinese poets. Between 1984 and 1989, he wrote approximately 200 poems and several epics. He committed suicide in March 1989. His books published posthumously in China include Earth (1990), Poems of Hai Zi (1995), and The Complete Works of Hai Zi (1997).

Ye Chun is the author of one book of poetry, Travel over Water (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2005). (6/2007)

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