Hoarfrost & Solace: Variations on Tang Poetry
Sitting across the room from me, DWR asks what I am reading: “Horseshoes and Saddle”?
This is the start of Fan Wu’s third variation on Li Bai’s “Drinking Alone”. It begins simply and grows into a baroque tangle.
Hyacinth Boy, nude astride the moon in water,
proclaims himself caliph of the unkissed anus,
stroked lewd by an unspent night which, in falling,
darned with stars a virgin body for a boy defiled
by his perfect purity.
And it continues in a tone punch drunk where nothing is stable or in its stable.
And so for day 3002