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Monascus red, Rose Laevigae Micchx Brown

Monascus red, Rose Laevigae Micchx Brown
By Xiaoyuan Yin

Zhu① and Xun② -- symbols of wind and earth……Over the night-veiled mountain ridges
Dye jars lined up like pipes of a syrinx. There contained in them
Were ashes to decorate a monochrome world: garish funguses growing in the sun’s shade
And gristles of a rose haw. Crushed, once they were, frothed along the roads
Which emperors, sages and court chroniclers have stridden along, and left
A layer of rusty green----

Beneath the window, on the sushi- rolling mats
Glutinous rice awaits its change ……

The ethereal woman with a cattail fan in her hand,
Owns a room in the background – it is shadowy, almost invisible to Time. Pink oval yeast
Is perfect icing sugar for this world- like fallen cherry petals. Gradually they will get tinted by the warmth and voices
Of passers-by. Alas! Light and colors started to
Drift west now: dress up, cleanse your hands, burn incense and sing a canticle, as the beginning of a worship ritual:
Red: the Three-Legged Crow, lightning flames, and exotic flowers on a thousand-year-old tree;
Brown: soy source, tombs and earthenware

They plan to return to the future with them. They also carry
The fire bloodlines farm implements sets of bronze teeth…
There are a profusion of antique fibers to chew

①: The Zhu (筑; pinyin: zhù) was a percussion instrument used in the Confucian court ritual music of ancient China. It consisted of a wooden box (which was often painted red or otherwise decorated) that tapered from the top to the bottom, and was played by grasping a vertical wooden stick and striking it on the bottom face. The instrument was used to mark the beginning of music in the ancient ritual music of China, called yayue.
②: The Xun is one of the oldest musical instruments in China, with a history of approximately 7,000 years. The earliest xun was made of stone or bones, but later it became earthen. It is an egg-shaped wind instrument. Initially it had only one hole, but afterwards it gained more holes. Finally at the end of the 3 century BC a six-holed model appeared.
Sishi rolling mat: Proper equipment for sushi making, includes short-grain sushi rice, a sharp knife and a bamboo sushi mat. Constructed of thin strips of bamboo loosely bound to make a flat, rectangular, but flexible surface, sushi mats help tightly roll together the seaweed, sticky rice and fillings to create a sushi roll.
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Xiaoyuan Yin

Chief protagonist of encyclopedic poetry writing in China, advocate of hermaphroditical characteristics in poetic creation. Epic Poet, author of 18 long narrative poems (up to 70 thousand lines) and 12 other series (physics, chemistry, biology, geography, geology, psychology, calligraphy, photography, musicology, geometry, atmospheric science, and information sciences) . Member of Translators Association of China and the Poetry Institute of China. Winner of the Best International Translator for 2008 of IPTRC, andthe Prize for Distinguished Translator in the 4th World Poetry Prizes Sponsored by Dr. Choi Laisheung. Editor of several official poetry magazines. Over two thousand poetic works have been published in Ottawa Weekend, North American Maple (Canada) , Aust Cai Hong Ying(Australian) , New World Poetry (U.S.A.) , Tong Hua Daily News(Tailand) , China Daily, Global Times, and various magazines in China. more…

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