Lately I read many poems written by female poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and Margaret Atwood. Each of them is very different. But they all have their common identity that is all of them have the feminine voice. Those voices represent the role of women, their belief and self-esteem in western world according to their times. Those voices focused on their struggle of being woman and the issues of life.
Now I read Lin Jing and her poems, I am a little surprised. Through her poems, I hardly find the feminine identity. Her poems are full of power and heavy images which grant the voice as a whole generation that it doesn’t matter its gender. The voice shows that one concerns about the freedom under the darkness. It depicts the huge tragedy derived from evils. In her poem, “Winter” represent the evils shed their power to suppress all the livings. There is no breath of freedom. This poem extends the silence of fear into the readers.
Here is the translation of her poem.
Cold chilly winds
seem to never stop,
as the brute and his cruel games
oppress the earth.
Rivers are already frozen.
Hunger surges consistently,
agitating yesterday’s muteness.
In the sky of all dreams,
bleak frosts cohere into stars.
Beyond remote valleys,
the domination is the twisted old legend.
Things in traps never change.
Lies upon lies, again and again,
trick and deceive
the sealed starving earth
under deep sufferings.
In her long poem, “Time Channel”, it shows the uncivilized darkness. She uses the images of “thorns”, “blood”, “tears” to make the solemn impression. She applies the “golden wand” to imply the power from the controller. All those oppressive and dark scenes, the poet narrates to “farewell”, but ironically her readers interpret all those are trapped. And beyond, this makes readers think and wonder, what is behind, why is that? Lin Jing successfully challenges her readers to think and makes her voice heard.
Like other comments, I also believe Lin Jing’s poems show her frank view on human and heavy responsibility on her times. She pours her courage to question the power above and expresses her request of freedom and fair judgment. Her unique voice will be heard beyond the generations.
Februery 10, 2008