Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Friday, February 24, 2017

Alternative Fact

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.
-- Archibald MacLeish, "Ars Poetica"

RealNews headline:
the Twitter war
to end all wars

"I approve this message" appears in bold letters at the lower right hand corner of the ad. Under the provision is the icon of a new red baseball cap emblazoned with the words "Make America Great Today."

NeverEnding Story, February 1, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Selected Haibun: Life and Death in Toronto

Sitting there, pale with dark circles under her eyes, she says, "The morning and late at night are the hardest… so I take a long walk, clean the house… sometimes twice a day, I even go to the mall doing window shopping, oh, John hated coming with me." Then she chuckles, an odd, stilted sound.

she walks alone
behind the flag-draped casket …
summer clouds

A Hundred Gourds, 1:2, March 2012

Selected Haiku: Small Talk Haiku

small talk
with my white neighbor
summer heat

Haiku Canada Review, 6:1, February 2012

Friday, February 17, 2017

American Carnage: New Life in Trumpland

A Senryu Sequence

Go Trump graffiti
a stray dog
marking his spot

trumping Trump
my Mexican parrot
lifts up its voice

election night
a scream from the other side
of the fence

Trump victory
the sky bursting
with crows

post-election blues
my sister dressed in black
from head to toe

Thanksgiving dinner
Trump hats and Clinton stickers
left on the doormat

misty night
red states,  blue states
strongertogether

first false dawn
Donald Trump Toppled
on RealNews

bald eagle's cry
cut off
Inauguration Day

a neon sign
on the White House roof:
Alternative Facts

NeverEnding Story, January 23, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Snowy Morning Tanka

another cup 
of wulong tea 
made in my hometown ...
the first snowy morning
since I settled abroad

hedgerow, 105, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017