Sunday, March 1, 2015

"What Do We Know" - East Window

Above is an image from W. S. Merwin's East Window: The Asian Poems. It is a translation contained in a rather large section of the book which is called "Figures." This particular piece is from the Malay Figures section.

"and what do we know," indeed?

Though a figure, this, as do many other pieces in the figures section, has the feel of brief poetry, this particular poem being almost haiku-like in its execution and sentiment.

betting seashells
gamblers in a frenzy...
plum blossoms
trans. by David G. Lanoue

Photo by Daoan



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