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After living in Europe for a while

It was as if we were locals

When we ran into strangers we smiled

But when we came across a compatriot

It was as if we had gone back home

We put on our poker faces

Yisha’s comments: While translating Anna Akhmatova, Zhu Jian said that Akhmatova is the true “Queen of Short Poems”. When I heard what he said, I couldn’t really accept it, because I never felt that the “short poems” she wrote were “short poems”. I think the reason for this is because, though the length of her writing is short, she writes widely and deeply, and this is definitely not a minor trick borne out of a flash of inspiration (which is typically the structure of a “short poem”). For the same reasons, I also do not feel that this poem by Hou Ma is a “short poem”, because it is written with such breadth and depth that the content uncovered by the poem is enough to fill an entire book. This is precisely the strength of poetry, to express deep meaning with concise and carefully chosen language.



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<p>After living in Europe for a while</p>  <p>After living in Europe for a while </p>
<p>It was as if we were locals</p>  
  <p>we learnt to be like the locals</p>
<p>When we ran into strangers we smiled</p>  <p>smiled even when we bumped into strangers</p>
<p>But when we came across a compatriot</p>  <p>but when we occasionally bumped into compatriots</p>
<p>It was as if we had gone back home</p>  <p>we behaved as if we were back home</p>
<p>We put on our poker faces</p>  
  <p>stiffened up nervous, solemn faces</p>
<p>Yisha's comments While translating Anna Akhmatova, Zhu Jian said that Akhmatova is the true "Queen of Short Poems". When I heard what he said, I couldn't really accept it, because I never felt that the "short poems" she wrote were "short poems". I think the reason for this is because, though the length of her writing is short, she writes widely and deeply, and this is definitely not a minor trick borne out of a flash of inspiration (which is typically the structure of a "short poem"). For the same reasons, I also do not feel that this poem by Hou Ma is a "short poem", because it is written with such breadth and depth that the content uncovered by the poem is enough to fill an entire book. This is precisely the strength of poetry, to express deep meaning with concise and carefully chosen language.</p>  <p>Yishas comments: while translating Anna Akhmatova, Zhu Jian said that Akhmatova is the true “queen of short poems”. When I heard what he said, I couldnt really accept it, because I never felt that the short poems she wrote were short poems. I think the reason for this is because, though the length of her writing is short, she writes widely and deeply, and this is definitely not a minor trick borne out of a flash of inspiration, (which is typically the structure of a short poem). For the same reasons, I also do not feel that this poem by Hou Ma is a short poem, because it is written with such breadth and depth that the content uncovered by the poem is enough to fill an entire book. This is precisely the strength of poetry, the power to express deep meaning with concise and carefully chosen language.</p>

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