On the other side of the river there is a flame a flame burning May burning August when the pagoda tree blooms, the professor with lentigo bows to her when orange blossoms fall, an heir of graceful demeanor waves to her and smiles yet on the other side of the river she remains, still burning like the
Xi Chuan is one of the most influential contemporary poets in China. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Notes on the Mosquito (New Directions, 2012). His honors include the Lu Xun Prize for Literature, the Modern Chinese Poetry Award, and the Zhuang Zhongwen Prize for Literature. He teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and lives in Beijing, China.