Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Beers & Books XCIV – Liao Yiwu

Where did you get the meat from?
Mo Erwa answered calmly:
We just boiled our three-year-old daughter.
The Corpse Walker:
Real Life Stories: China from the Bottom Up

Liao Yiwu * 16 June 1958


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    1. I feel reminded of Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal; and of the fleeing Vietnamese woman being told before entering a boat with her baby on one arm and a young sow on the other that each refugee was allowed to take but one item with them. "I opted for the pig, because I thought once I'd have survived I could have another baby."
      Satire being surpassed by reality.

      As for Liao Yiwu: A remarkable man.

  2. I had to laugh at EC's comment but some things happen in mankinds history that make ones mind recoil.

    1. Surely I mentioned it before: Sometimes I wish(ed), I were but a humble gardener with love for poetry ...