Radically Chinese


Radically Chinese

for Eric Mottram: 1924-1995 (not because of any debt, felt or incurred)

one 
     stroke 
              a point
leftstroke bent
                  hooked
two 
      a cover man

man enter eight borders to cover ice

table receptacle
  knife strength
     wrap spoon basket
box ten to divine
  seal 
        cliff 
              private
also mouth enclosure
    earth
        scholar follow
  walk evening
great woman child
  roof inch small
     lame crooked corpse

sprout mountain stream
  work self
     napkin shield
tiny shelter
               move on
join hands
a dart 
    a bow
pig’s head feathery
           to pace heart spear door
hand branch
tap writings
measure axe square 
                            not sun
speak
moon wood owe
                      stop evil kill
do not compare 
     hair 
           family 
                    air 
                         water
                                  fire
claws father
change a frame 
            a strip
               tooth
                   ox
                     dog
                         dark jade
                   melon
                             tile
sweet produce
use field
bolt of cloth
                 sick back to back
white skin dish
         eye 
               lance 
                       arrow 
                                stone
spirit to track grain cave

erect 
         bamboo rice silk earthenware net
sheep feathers old
plough ear
brush flesh officer from self reach
a mortar tongue opposed boat 
                  a limit
colour grass tiger
insect blood do clothes cover
see 
      horn
        words
           valley
                platter
   pig
        reptile shell red
walk
foot body
               cart bitter time
stop & go
city new wine separate village
metal long gate plenty
       reach to a bird rain
   azure false face
  rawhide leather leek
sound heading wind
      fly eat head fragrance
    horse bone high
long hair fight wine cauldron ghost
  fish bird
     salt deer
   wheat
     hemp
   yellow millet
black embroidery toad
     tripod
drum rodent nose

             even teeth drag on tortoise flute

[This poem was accepted for publication in Radical Poetics (London).]

From: T. Wignesan
Copyright ©: T. Wignesan, 22-23 November 1995 (from the collection: longhand notes (a binding of poems), 1999.

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