175: Immigrant Can't Write Poetry

175: Immigrant Can't Write Poetry

Immigrant Can't Write Poetry
by Wang Ping

“Oh no, not with your syntax,” said H.V. to her daughter-in-law,
a Chinese writing poetry in English

She walk to table
She walks to a table

She walk to table now
She is walking to a table now

What difference it make
What difference does it make

In Nature, no completeness
No sentence really complete thought

Language, our birthright & curse
Pay no mind to immigrant syntax

Poetry, born as beast
Move best when free, undressed

Used by permission of the poet.