The Group 0 Elements

The Group 0 Elements
By Xiaoyuan Yin

A guy walked by but no footsteps were heard. It could be on any dusk
You sat in the community garden
wrapped in a shabby grey blanket, disguised as a blind man -- thronging feet sparkled on your eardrums
like flowers on a Chinese perfume tree, rising from the surface of
mirror-smooth pavements. Chalky-white face, luscious lips, folded arms……
all those seem more like personal symbols. A splash! That’s the sound of October pigeons
 
landing on the streets. Yesterday, the black-and-white photo
of a violinist who used to frequent here
appeared for the last time in the newspaperamong obituary notices.
And all of you started to change your umbrellas and locks this morning,
neglecting rays of the sun, which ran by in black-nylon shafts
like small beasts of prey. You caught a glimpse of the construction crew,
 
busy repairing the bridge guardrails. The cordon they have drawn looked like a roll of film
“On duty today?” You talked to him when you passed by
He turned around and looked right into your eyes, startled and somewhat upset
 
Under the v-neck of his baseball jacket, a silver chain
dangled across. The fact was: He seldom communicated,
or trusted… He just walked away, with his brothers, all in different directions,
like a hardcore band, spitting up
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Xiaoyuan Yin

Chief protagonist of encyclopedic poetry writing in China, advocate of hermaphroditical characteristics in poetic creation. Epic Poet, author of 18 long narrative poems (up to 70 thousand lines) and 12 other series (physics, chemistry, biology, geography, geology, psychology, calligraphy, photography, musicology, geometry, atmospheric science, and information sciences) . Member of Translators Association of China and the Poetry Institute of China. Winner of the Best International Translator for 2008 of IPTRC, andthe Prize for Distinguished Translator in the 4th World Poetry Prizes Sponsored by Dr. Choi Laisheung. Editor of several official poetry magazines. Over two thousand poetic works have been published in Ottawa Weekend, North American Maple (Canada) , Aust Cai Hong Ying(Australian) , New World Poetry (U.S.A.) , Tong Hua Daily News(Tailand) , China Daily, Global Times, and various magazines in China. more…

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