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Posted May 10, 2010 - 12:09 AM

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Chinese Poetry

Xiaoshi, (small poem,shi = poetry / xiao = little, diminutive or small) is a genre of Chinese poetry from the 1920s. It is a fragmented poem with minimal explanation. It teams seemingly unrelated images with little indication of cause and effect. The frame is at the discretion of the poet although in sync with most Chinese poetry, it is common to be written as a quatrain.
Gathering by Judi Van Gorder

tangy taste of barbeque
sweet corn drips butter
shared with friends
taste of love
rust by Judi Van Gorder

climbing steps to temple
rusty knees complain
while snow capped crown
gracefully bows low in gratitude






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