BiographyJike Bu (吉克·布) is the first woman with a master's degree in her hometown, the (Big and Small) Cold Mountains region in the Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwestern China, and the first woman teaching art in the only college in her hometown, Xichang College. Her name is written as ꐙ ꈌ · ꁬ in her native Yi language.
What strikes me first is the lyrical voice of a young woman from a region that's being talked about often, though with hardly any details. Here is a real person speaking to us, telling us about common flowers and the common names for women there, about pine twigs, buckwheat, shepherd girls, about her grandmother and her mother and their tribe where dark skins are of noble blood, about how they are surrounded by big mountains all around and can only imagine a sea in the far distance, and how they wait for encountering, a painful but almost hopeful dream.
At a time when most Chinese poets are from metropolitan cities writing about urban life in a narrative way, here is an ethnic minority Yi woman, gifted and intelligent, writing almost a different kind of poetry in a very closed place where there is almost no trace of influence from modernism. It reminds us of the poetry in ancient times, folk songs and ballads, hundreds of years before the metrical poetry of Li Bai's time.
© Ming Di
Poems of Jike Bu
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