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June 20, 2021


So much of Wang Ping’s writing soars!
Much also grabs me and throws me earthward
Opening my eyes to feelings or existences to
Which I was previously closed.
I am grateful.
It’s good to be confronted & made to think
And perceive anew this world, our Time, and
Our fellow people, by degrees each of us loving
& suffering... & all tangled up in god.
Thankyou Ping.

Oh God ... Dear God ... Dearest God: This stirring, fog-dispelling poem about divisiveness is a much-needed supplication from Wang Ping. Even an avowed athiest or agnostic would understand. And that's a key to the poem's strength: penetrating, if not overpowering, tragically ludicrous presumptions and the faux resistance built on top of it ... like some tall wall never destined to be completed because it's an affront to everything human or humane.

Earle---thanks for this perceptive comment.

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