Jeff Dolven is a professor of poetry and poetics at Princeton University. He is the author of Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance (2007) and Speculative Music (2013). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TLS, The Yale Review and elsewhere.
Peter Feng received a PhD in English Literature from Nanjing University in 2011, and since then he has been exploring the essential strangeness of poetry. He has translated a novel, three travelogues, and numerous poems in English, including Elsewhere by Scott Alexander Jones (Showwe Information) and The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath (Shanghai Translation Publishing House). He is the author of Parallel Tongues (Showwe Information), The Desert Swimmer (Pulsasir Publishing), and Cruel Raven (coauthored with Sun Dong, Nanjing University Press). His works appear in Poetry Sky, The American Poetry Review, Grey Sparrow Journal and others.
(a star rising at folding-time;
an evening star)
My book as it lapses into the bath
and now the stitches give, and the pages
petal and fan
as though it were being eased of some pain:
of someone's pain
it had not known of. Soon the ink,
out with the slurry of cooling bathwater
through a succession of widening pipes
to pool somewhere,
too cold now to bathe in, somewhere outside
where the sheep are gathering
past their bedtime -pausing to drink
and drinking too much.
Above them an apoplectic star
turns on itself:
once and again, quarto, octavo,
The sheep talk freely in the dark.
The foundering shallows.
O I have taken too little care of
care of this.