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waiting room

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at the blue hour, the waiting room
the depthless hall like somnolence

by my side, many people
take leave out of the blue, like a group of hidden
saints who just received secret orders

someone on the phone, someone ties his shoelaces
someone says goodbye (or no more)

those items and dogs
that are not permitted to take away
now pushed away by a little flatbed quadricycle

life is an illusion
an older poet told me
(he just woke from a nap)

as if on a rainy and cold platform
you carry a heavier and heavier bag
and always feel it belongs to someone else

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YE Hui, the acclaimed Chinese poet, was born in Gaochun, China. He has published numerous collections including At the Candy Shop and Correlation.

Dong LI was born and raised in P.R. China. His honors include fellowships from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and elsewhere. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, manskripte (Austria, in German translation), and others. Li is also editor-at-large (China) for the translation journal Asymptote. Li will be the German Chancellor Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015-2016) as well as Literature Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2015-2017).

Feature image by Eva O’Leary, Puzzle. © Eva O’Leary.

Eva O’Leary is pursuing her MFA in photography at the Yale University School of Art, and received her BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2012. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions both within the United States and abroad, including the Serpentine Gallery, London, l’Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, and Signal Gallery, New York. In 2014, she was named a Foam Talent recipient. Her work can be seen at evaoleary.com.

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