Li Suo (里所) is a young poet who spent her childhood and juvenile years in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. She is currently the poetry editor at Xiron Publishing House in Beijing. Suo holds degrees from Xi’an International Studies University and Beijing Normal University. She mingles with the Spoken Language Circle of poets but writes in her own style, a mixture of intellectual meditation and fairy tales.
In these four samples of Li Suo's poetry, her great subject matter is as always the pain, and pangs, of that dumb beast, the self: how we try and try, to overcome it, only to be confronted with the knowledge that it is here to stay. "Castor" conjures up those awful moments when we wish we'd spoken—and which, for years afterwards, we fill in what we might have said. "Dream" is about the fevered spaces of desire. "Kashgar "is an ode, and elegy, to one of China's ethnic pasts. "Wednesday’s Ship of Pearls", finally, gives us a glimpse of the possibility that the mundane, the bathetic, and the lowly might one day be redeemed in an epiphanic moment of arrival.
© Henry Zhang