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I Want to Sing Every Time You Leave

I want to sing every time you leave. The station is full of irrelevant people. The lights in the market are noisy. The evening wind blows coldness. There must be something I haven’t had time to say. The lost driver arrives quickly. The bakery is reluctant to close. Which kind of tolerance still has traces? Which kind of pain makes you hard to forget? I want to sing every time you leave. You can’t see the end of the narrow street.


Roy Gu is Professor of English in the School of English Studies at Shanghai International Studies University. He has published short stories and poems, and translated several books, including Haizi’s Poems, Love by Toni Morrison, and short stories by Abdulrazak Gurnah, Chinua Achebe, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. He is also a singer-songwriter and has released folk music albums.


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