Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry ‘The Nude’ by Yi Lei with Mobile Photographer Mimi Svanberg from Sweden


This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘’The Nude’ by Yi Lei.  ‘A leading figure in contemporary Chinese poetry, Yi Lei was born Sun Gui-zhen in Tianjin, China, in 1951. She studied creative writing at the Lu Xun Academy and received a BA in Chinese literature from Peking University. Yi Lei published eight poetry collections, and her work has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian, and English, notably by U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. She also worked as a reporter for the Liberation Army and a staff member of the newspaper The Railway Corps. In 1991, she moved to Moscow, where she lived and wrote for a number of years. Li Yei was a recipient of the Zhuang Zhong Wen Literature Prize. She died on July 14, 2018, while travelling in Iceland’.


I have matched Mimi Svanberg’s image ‘Together Again…’ with this poem. You can view and follow her on Instagram here.

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‘The Nude’ ©Yi Lei – Image ‘Together Again…’ ©Mimi Svanberg

translated by Tracy K. Smith and Changtai Bi


My eye laps at you in lamplight

Like a white hot tongue. Longing

Draws back, then rises, tidal.

The curtain of my hair

Announces my breasts. Your lips:

A languid breeze. Like a miracle

We feast and feast and nothing is spent.

Let flesh attend to flesh, sex to sex.

O, dexterous gold watch of the universe

On which one minute can straddle

A hundred years.

‘Together Again…’ ©Mimi Svanberg

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