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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


Chinese New Year & Poetry


Blog Posted:1/1/2014 5:08:00 PM

The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, will fall on Jan. 31, 2014.

The Chinese New Year is an important holiday in Chinese culture. In China the holiday is known as the "Spring Festival" as it marks the end of the winter season. Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the first month on the Chinese calendar and ends 15 days later with what is known as the Lantern Festival.

The origins of Chinese New Year are not completely known as the legend describing the holiday's
beginnings varies based on the storyteller. The stories all include a monster preying on Chinese villagers who was named Nian (the Chinese word for "year"). Nian also had a lion-like appearance in many of the stories, which is why Chinese New Year parades include lions.

The legends then say that an old wise man advised villagers to scare Nian away by making loud noises with firecrackers and drums and to hang red paper cutouts on their doors because Nian is scared of red. According to legend the villagers took the man's advice and defeated Nian. The 

Chinese recognize the date of Nian's defeat at the same time as Chinese New Year.

You can read more translated poetry from history at the web site below

http://www.chinese-poems.com/

[1037- 1101], known as Su Dongpo, was the most important of the Song dynasty poets. 

New Year's Watch by Su Shi

Soon now, we'll mark the year's end that approaches,
It's like a snake that crawls into a hole.
Already half its scaly length is hidden,
What man can stop us losing the last trace?
And even if we want to tie its tail,
No matter how we try, we can't succeed.
The children make all effort not to sleep,
We laugh together, watching through the night.
The cockerels should not cry the dawn for now,
The drums as well should give the hour respect.
We sat so long the lamp's burnt down to ash,
I rise and see the Plough is slanting north.
Next year, perhaps, my span of years could end,
My fear is that I've just been marking time.
So exert ourselves to the utmost here tonight,
I still admire the exuberance of our youth!


Do we have any poets from China on our site?
Helllllloooo China!

Has anyone gone to the Chinese New Year Parade?





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  1. Date: 1/2/2014 7:53:00 AM
    Andie I was having trouble with the new download of explorer 11, Dell fixed it for me. Others maybe getting it auto downloaded? [I was] the site doesn't work well will 11 yet.

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  1. Date: 1/2/2014 2:44:00 AM
    hi, Debs. I have a few chinese students. They are very lovely. Enjoyed this poem. by the way, sometimes I cannot get my messages to post on some of the blogs. I was unable to post my last comment here, so am trying again. Has this happened to you?

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  1. Date: 1/2/2014 2:00:00 AM
    I have a soft spot about Chinese people..Maybe I happen to know a couple with kids living on the isle.I love their culture,their traditions,and especially their food.I really wish to visit China at least one time in my life.Thanks for sharing the poem ..Have a happy new year .

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 1/2/2014 2:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Maybe becaise I happen to know this couple i meant...
  1. Date: 1/1/2014 6:40:00 PM
    Cool Roy, I have never been on when anyone from China is on probably a time zone thing?

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 6:38:00 PM
    Poets by country shows 14 from China, 56 from Singapore, and 10 from Hong Kong. Don't know how many are ethnic Chinese, but there are likely ethnic Chinese from other countries as well.

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