Xi Murong

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I am like a goldsmith hammering day and night
Just so I can extend pain
Into a gold ornament as thin as a cicada's wing

Xi Murong (Chinese: 席慕容; pinyin: Xí Mùróng; born 1943) is a Taiwanese writer and painter. She is most famous for her poetry, especially the collections Qi li xiang (Seven-li scent) and Wuyuan de qingchun (Unregrettable Youth).

Quotes[edit]

  • If you ask me abruptly
    Why write poetry
    Why not do
    Something useful
    Then I won't know
    How to answer you
    I am like a goldsmith hammering day and night
    Just so I can extend pain
    Into a gold ornament as thin as a cicada's wing
    I don't know if working so hard
    To transform sorrows into
    Shimmering words and phrases
    Is also
    Beautifully worthwhile.
    • "Poetry's Value", in Where Books Fall Open: A Reader's Anthology of Wit & Passion (David R. Godine Publisher, 2003), p. 56

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