There’s a lot of things I don’t care any more
Calling me ‘Yu Ouyang’, for example
Putting me under ‘Y’ in a bibliography, for another
Accusing me of writing in a ‘sloppy’ way
Mildly reminding of the word ‘slopey’
Wondering whether I’m in China or in Australia
Asking whether identity remains an issue
Not buying a single copy of anything new that I’ve managed to publish

Do they know that I tore two books of mine to pieces
And I’m so happy that I’m picking up the pieces
And turning them into art and poetry


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Ouyang Yu

Ouyang Yu's most recent publication is a translation in English of Zhang Meng’s collection of poetry, Reverberations, by Puncher & Wattmann, and a novel, All the Rivers Ran South, forthcoming with the same publisher.

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