The August Sleepwalker- Bei Dao

Thanks to Goodreads I discovered a new poet. And it was a happy (nerdy) coincidence that I read “The August Sleepwalker” in the month of August. I found it brilliant but as I’m no good at analyzing poetry collections for reviews I will leave you with one of my favourite poems from this book.

A Perpetual Stranger

A Perpetual stranger
am I to the world
I don’t understand its language
my silence it can’t comprehend
all we have to exchange
is a touch of contempt
as if we meet in a mirror

a perpetual stranger
am I to myself
I fear the dark
but block with my body
the only lamp
my shadow is my beloved
heart the enemy

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