Li Zhiping, poet, cultural critic and translator, born in Shanxi Province in 1969, grew up in Yili, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region. Her poems are often anthologized and she also writes columns for several media. She was invited to the 2nd Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival, and selected as the best poet by the No.1 Reciter in 2015. Her books include Se Kong Shu (All is Emptiness, 2013), a cultural work collaborated with Cai Jun; Knocks on the Tin Shack Downstairs（2014), a collection of poems.
Cheng Jia teaches translation in College of Foreign Studies, Jinan University, and she was a visiting scholar of R. S. Thomas Study Center in Bangor University (2009-2010). Her translated poems appeared in literary journals and her blog. She is the translator of R. S. Thomas's Selected Poems 1946-1968, Collected Poems 1945-1990 and Collected Later Poems 1988-2000, and her recently published translation is Back into the Streets She Who Has Brought Mercy, a volume of selected poems by Rita Dove.
Elsewhere means aliveness,
and here death.
makes us have passion for looking into ourselves and
spend our days as they are from afar.
Here every day is like a year long,
making life as suffering as in purgatory
while elsewhere offers timed attractions,
It's just like Calvino’s Baron who thought
it was not enough to live in the trees,
and wanted to have a magic carpet to ride away.
Proust pretended to have solved
the problem appearing after the distance had been compressed.
In the sickbed he could embrace everything for
the moment meant living in the distance.
In the dove cage
he had built a castle for his mind,
a leap to the wild and starry sky.
If spiritually collapsed,
why not let time to be extradited to the outer space,
so that this life intertwined with death,
this persecuting depression,
proves not to be a problem.
1. Calvino, 1923--1985, Italian writer. His best known works include
the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952–1959), the Cosmicomicscollection of
short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If
on a winter's night a traveler (1979).
2. Proust, French writer, whose seven-part novel Remembrance of Things
Past (1913-1927) is noted for its detailed portrayal of the psychology