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Bin Ramke

The first cold nights of fall I avert
my eyes from the visible breath of women
passing, so shameful an intimacy.
In landscape paintings, in addition

to scenery there should be figures (jên)
and other living things (wu). They
should be drawn well and with style,
thought not in too great detail.
One must live in longing and suffer
only a little toward evening.

— Bin Ramke, from “Toy Houses in the Landscape,” Wake (University of Iowa Press, 1999)

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