The Great Wall

Contents

Dedication

Prelude

 

Upon our Arrival

Late Summer, 1998

 

No Ice in China

The People's Trains

Minor Official

Of Citizens and Cattle

If Looks Could Kill

Caterwauling Cadres

Eulogy to the Rat in My Toilet

Shower Day

Mine

The Bouncing Ball

Baby Rat

The Long Way

My Class Room

Loud Speakers

Fresh Students

The Son of Heaven

Sounding the Soul

 

Autumn, 1998

 

Beijing Immemorial

Chinese Halloween

Parasols

Night Shades

Pink and Red Jackets

Fire

Little Old Girl

De`jaŽ Vu in Class

Dungeon

Barbecue

A Dog Hanging on the Shop Wall

It Rained while in Class

Tiger Guardian

A Special Brick

Times & Places

 

Winter, 1998-9

 

It Snowed while in Class

Little Red Yellow Bundles of Spun Love

Snowball Fight

Coal Lady

Chinese Christmas

A Six-Layer Day

Red Sugar

Closet Romantics

Any Questions?

We Cross the Vast Distances

Chinese Children

Wronged Ghost

Invisible Chains

My Friend, An Enemy of the People

Firecrackers

Nine Years Old

Virgin Moments

 

Spring, 1999

 

Pigs to Slaughter

Thermos Flasks

Man on the Motorcycle

Red Rooster

Broken Windows

Upon a Young Lady's Spittle

To the Rubbish Heaped in the Corner

Reading Aloud in Class

My Green Bag

The Face of Hate

The Look of Longing

By Candlelight

A Prison within a Prison

The Day the World Died

Of Ponies and Official Cars

Countless Chinese Faces

Wires

Red Cedar

Billions of Red Bricks

Trees

Sounding the Soul, II

 

Summer, 1999

 

Shakespeare in Class

Chanticleer

Sometimes

Alone in a Crowd of Foreign Faces

Leaves of Spring

The Treetops Stretch Across

The Grass is Browner

Dead Rat

Among the Cedar Trees

Market Place

Stranger in a Strange Land

The Buildings

My True Friend

My Opened Letters

Constants in an Ever Changing Sea

Half-True

 

Departure, Mid-Summer, 1999

 

Yesterday

Nameless

An Endless Stream

Clouds

The Great Wall, Revisited