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  • One Gaunt Brush
  • Vera Schwarcz (bio)

after Chen Yinke (1890-1969)

One day your poem, grandfather,accosted me on a silken scroll.

Because we two shared griefas vain men crowd our people's history,

I'm startled into lossand understanding.

Now I liftone gaunt brush,

satiate the horse hairswith tears of lead,

recall mulberry fieldsswallowed by black seas. [End Page 87]

Vera Schwarcz

Born in Romania, Vera Schwarcz is a well-known poet and a historian. She is the author of eight books on Chinese and Jewish history including the prize-winning Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory. She has also written four books of poetry, most recently Brief Rest in the Garden of Flourishing Grace and Chisel of Remembrance. Her wide-ranging work has won major awards and is featured on the web @:



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