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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
(1969)

Fan, Sheng Kung
Part VII: poems of vision and action: on his thirty third [sic] birthday,   p. 426 PDF (733.7 KB)


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Kenneth Rexroth, poet, playwright, translator,
critic, and anarchist philosopher, is one
of the major heroes of the counter-culture.
His COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS,
COLLECTED LONGER POEMS, and CLASSICS
REVISITED are among his more recent
books. His translation of Sheng Kung Fan's
poem in this issue appears in his forth-
coming book, CHINESE POEMS OF LOVE
AND THE TURNING YEARS.
ON HIS THIRTY THIRD BIRTHDAY
by Sheng Kung Fan
More than thirty years have rushed
By me like a runaway
Chariot. I too have spent
My life rushing here and there
From one end of the country
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To the other. I long for
The homestead where I was born
A thousand mountain ranges
away. Like yellow leaves in
The decline of summer a
Few white hairs have already
Appeared in my head. All my
Travels only made tracks
In drifting sand. I piled up
Learning like a snowball.
I crossed mountains and passed
Examinations and gave
Learned speeches. What did I gain?
Better I stayed home
And raised prize melons.


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