The New Economy

 

Tao Yuan Ming,
your house survived
fifteen hundred years of
wind, rain, drought,
fire and floods.

This past century of
the long march, years
of Chairman Mao, the
Gang of Four and
the Cultural Revolution only
to succumb to the
economic revolution
that promised prosperity
to the provinces.

Your house and village
now demolished
and a half finished, empty
block of apartments
erected in its place.
A cold wind rattles
through the empty halls.

—Dennis Maloney


 

Dennis Maloney is the editor and publisher of the widely respected White Pine Press in Buffalo, NY. He is also a poet and translator. His works of translation include: The Stones of Chile by Pablo Neruda, The Landscape of Castile by Antonio Machado, Between the Floating Mist:Poems of Ryokan,and the The Poet and the Sea by Juan Ramon Jimenez. His book Listening to Tao Yuan Ming is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press.


 

Published in Raven Chronicles, Vol. 21, 2015.