Poetry Speaks: Nicole Chui’s Selection

On Timeby Faye New York is 3 hours ahead of California,but it does not make California slow.Someone graduated at the age of 22,but waited 5 years before securing a good job!Someone became a CEO at 25,and died at 50.While another became a CEO at 50,and lived to 90 years.Someone is still single,while someone else got…

Poetry Speaks: James Au’s Selection

題西林壁Written on the Wall at West Forest Temple (1084) 橫看成嶺側成峯,It’s a range viewed in face and peaks viewed from the side, 遠近高低各不同。Assuming different shapes viewed from far and wide. 不識廬山真面目,Of Mountain Lu we cannot make out the true face, 只緣身在此山中。For we are lost in the heart of the very place[1]. These days the poem of…

Poetry Speaks: Jason S Polley’s Selection

On Shakespeare, Proust, Loss, and Longingby Jason S Polley The equally sonorous and reflective opening two lines of Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 30”, “When to the sessions of sweet silent thought, / I summon up remembrance of things past,” cannot help but conjure Marcel Proust’s inimitable seven-volume novel À la recherche du temps perdu, a title that…

Poetry Speaks: John Wakefield’s Selection

This is an anti-war, anti-group-identity song that I listened to more times than I can count during my junior high and high school years growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is by the British band Pink Floyd from their album The Dark Side of the Moon. The lyrics are by Roger Waters. 1.         The first…

Poetry Speaks: Sarah Lee’s Selection

What connections do we, in 21st century Hong Kong, have with a poem written by an American more than 50 years ago? An animation by the Poetry Foundation of Muriel Rukeyser’s “I Lived in the First Century of World Wars” (1968) illustrates this ingeniously by putting side by side images from 1968 and 2018, enabling…

Poetry Speaks: Emily Chow-Quesada’s Selection

The feeling of loneliness might be straightforward for some, but it can also be paradoxical. The pandemic and social distancing has kept a lot of people confined to their homes. Some find themselves literally alone while others are crowded in tiny flats with their parents, siblings, children, partners, and pets. Those are the people you…

Poetry Speaks: Lian-Hee Wee’s Selection

Tang Yin (1470-1524), commonly known as Tong Pak Fu in Hong Kong, was a Ming Dynasty poet. Contrary to the popular belief that he was an affluent philanderer, his talents and arrogance in his youth brought him only a miserable life, reducing him to selling pornographic paintings at brothels to make ends meet. His poems, calligraphy and…