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    Two shot poems

    Hello Everyone,

    I have met two short poems here,which can't be fully understood.I would appreciate it if you can explain them to me.

    The two poems are as follows.

    Cartographer about his wife

    When I watch you watching yourselves in the morror,
    Undress not with caution but with care,
    Peeling the swimsuit from shoulders and breasts.
    Exposing the belly flat from its vortext to the ribs,
    Ordered as architecture .The hip swell
    That breaks my gometer's heart.
    It is a map of some impossible country,
    Whose turns widen to vistas and stations
    So sudden that I cannot breathe or comprehend.
    How i have wandered there and kept my life.

    My question is why the poem is named as

    Cartographer about his wife.

    My understanding of the poem is that it expess the author's love and appreciation for his wife.Then what do you think is the main idea of the poems?And then can you explain the red words to me, esp the phrase Ordered as architecture and Whose turns widen to vistas and stations to me?


    The second poem is
    Now student to anatomy.
    Cleave and mark this slab
    Of thirty-one -year-old caucasian female flesh,
    Limbs,thorax,cranium,muscle by rigid muscle.
    Disassemble this motorcycle victim's every part,
    As if so gray a matter never wore a flashing ruby dress.

    What does the last sentence mean here?

    Thanks and best regards!

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    Re: Two shot poems

    Quote Originally Posted by weiqun ding View Post
    The second poem is [/COLOR]
    Now student to anatomy.
    Cleave and mark this slab
    Of thirty-one -year-old caucasian female flesh,
    Limbs,thorax,cranium,muscle by rigid muscle.
    Disassemble this motorcycle victim's every part,
    As if so gray a matter never wore a flashing ruby dress.
    What does the last sentence mean here?
    Thanks and best regards!
    The student is dissecting the corpse of a 31 year old girl who has been the victim of a motorcycle accident. It's being done in a cold, detached and indifferent way as if it had never been the living body of a girl in a flashing red dress.
    Gives me the shivers, this poem.
    Last edited by queenbu; 24-Feb-2007 at 18:22.

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    Re: Two shot poems

    Quote Originally Posted by weiqun ding View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    I have met two short poems here,which can't be fully understood.I would appreciate it if you can explain them to me.

    The two poems are as follows.

    Cartographer about his wife

    When I watch you watching yourselves in the morror,
    Undress not with caution but with care,
    Peeling the swimsuit from shoulders and breasts.
    Exposing the belly flat from its vortext to the ribs,
    Ordered as architecture .The hip swell
    That breaks my gometer's heart.
    It is a map of some impossible country,
    Whose turns widen to vistas and stations
    So sudden that I cannot breathe or comprehend.
    How i have wandered there and kept my life.

    My question is why the poem is named as

    Cartographer about his wife.

    My understanding of the poem is that it expess the author's love and appreciation for his wife.Then what do you think is the main idea of the poems?And then can you explain the red words to me, esp the phrase Ordered as architecture and Whose turns widen to vistas and stations to me?

    The poem is called 'Cartographer about his wife' because, being a cartographer-someone who makes maps-he sees his wife's body as a map.He uses words which are used in his profession to describe his wife's body.
    'geometer' is a mathematician who studies geometry-in this case, being a cartographer, obviously, he has studied geometry.
    By 'vortex' I guess he's referring to the belly button which has the shape of a vortex, spiral.
    That's something for a start.

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