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ORIENENGA

An Orienenga is a linked poem of 6 one-liners. One link has to include something Oriental and one other link has to incorporate either China or Ceramics. It can either be written solo or with one partner. The Orienenga was created by ai li on the 23 February 1997.

Copyright ai li 1997

 

EXAMPLES :

UNCLE REMEMBERS by ai li
DRAGON MEAT by ai li
RED DATE & SWEET GOURD with ai li & Alexis K. Rotella
GHOST with ai li & Fay Aoyagi
DREAMING OF BROCADE by ai li
NOH MASTER with Fay Aoyagi and Alex Benedict

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UNCLE REMEMBERS

A solo Orienenga by ai li,
23 February 1997

 

 

uncle remembers suzy wong

slit so high              a workman stops blinking

the teashop closing bamboo blinds

dim sum steams to chinese opera

blue and white bowls              empty this morning

the chef hums 'bali hai'

 

 

 

Copyright ai li 1997

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DRAGON MEAT

A solo Orienenga by ai li
23 February 1997

 

 

dragon meat is only tiger

paper lanterns light an empty garden

a man strolling in chinese shoes

tea pavilion laid out for two

waiting game              absence pinned in the note on a tree

he breaks china              ming

 

 


[Pub: Lynx Vol.XII No.2,1997]

Copyright ai li 1997

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RED DATE & SWEET GOURD

An Orienenga between ai li and Alexis K. Rotella
London and Los Gatos, California
28 April - 2 May 1997

 

 

infusing red date and sweet gourd tea

boys camp              an eleven year old high on datura

acupuncturist lighting incense

feeling it grab              the invisible chi

clouds on the porcelain tea set

needling his adam's apple              heaven rushing out

 

 

 

Copyright ai li and Alexis K. Rotella 1997

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GHOST

An Orienenga between ai li and Fay Aoyagi
London and San Francisco
4 - 5 May 1997

 

 

ghost of a mandarin by the altar

concubine's satin shoe in the mud

the maid brings congee

a terra cotta soldier with no arms

Sung bowl broken at my feet

the crescent moon              a priest wipes his tears

 

 

 

Copyright ai li and Fay Aoyagi 1997

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DREAMING OF BROCADE

A solo Orienenga by ai li
8 May 1997

 

 

concubine              dreaming of brocade

mosquito net admitting incense

early dawn in the west chamber

a broken jade hairpin by her ceramic pillow

the lotus seed broth gone cold

by the imperial tomb              a zither plays

 

 

 

Copyright ai li 1997

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NOH MASTER

An Orienenga with Fay Aoyagi and Alex Benedict
San Francisco

4 - 8 May 1997

 

 

shuffling of kimono              Noh master enters the stage

fragment              the glaze shines

new moon           their fifth           still born

cedar box              full of sweaters

after the flood           looking for a wedding album

apple orchard           open blossoms

 

 

 

 

Copyright Fay Aoyagi and Alex Benedict 1997

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