Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

A Sense of Reality

Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

A Sense of Reality

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1. My Grandma

My grandma coughs, waking a thousand roosters.

A thousand roosters crow, waking ten thousand people.

Ten thousand people walk out of the village, with the roosters in the village

still crowing.

The roosters cease their crowing, while my grandma is still coughing.

My still-coughing grandma mentions her grandma, her voice getting softer.

As if it were my grandma's grandma's voice getting softer.

My grandma talks and talks and then stops, shutting her eyes.

As if it were only now that my grandma's grandma really died.

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[Author Affiliation]

Xi Chuan is the pen name of Liu Jun, who was born in Jiangsu in 1963 but raised in Beijing, where he still lives. …

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