Red Dragonfly

Chih-ying LAY, Darryl STERK (Translator)

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Abstract

Why do I feel this spiritual emptiness? My hand, resting by the window, feels almost incapacitated, as my vision begins to blur . . .
                                  —Lü Heruo, “Autumn of Clarity”
I cut into your arm. Your skin is as crisp as paper, but blotchy as well. The dark brown birthmark on your wrist is impossible to miss. How could I not recognize you?
I follow the brachial vein toward your palm, where a network of vessels and nerves gets more and more convoluted. I remember you used to complain that your hand might be short a few tendons, or why else did you play the piano so clumsily for Lü san during your lessons?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Son of Taiwan : Stories of Government Atrocity
EditorsHoward GOLDBLATT, Sylvia Li-chun LIN
PublisherCambria Press
Pages103-112
ISBN (Print)9781621965947
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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