Translated by Jennifer Feeley
These four new poems by Xi Xi, written in late 2018 and early 2019, demonstrate the poet’s fondness for delighting in the mundane. With a sensitive and lighthearted touch, Xi Xi explores the quotidian in unexpected ways, finding whimsy in running errands at the post office, beauty in washing dishes in an alley, humor in a mischievous cat’s destructive behavior, and intrigue in the self-service laundromats that have sprung up around Hong Kong.
no one wants to buy stamps
but the stamps haven’t done anything wrong
no one comes to pick up packages
but the packages haven’t done anything wrong
no one feels like sending Christmas cards
but the Christmas cards haven’t done anything wrong
I can’t receive my friend’s letters
but my friend hasn’t done anything wrong
my friend can’t receive letters written by my right hand
but my left hand hasn’t done anything wrong
I come to the post office to pay my water bill
I haven’t come to the wrong place
but the water bill hasn’t done anything wrong
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