Sunday, April 30, 2023

Q&A With Xueyan, Author of the Collection



Q- What inspires you to write this collection Time Peels All to Original White? 

A- The color of my mother’s hair grows whiter and whiter as the years go on and on relentlessly. 

Q- In a culture where matters of the spirit are not encouraged to be openly pursued, where in your own life or soul do your poems come from? 

A- They just come to me. Like wind touching grass, and the grass just waves. 

Q- As a self-described “free soul”, how do you feel being a poet? 

A- Being a poet gives me a sense of Soul Completion: I know who I am, what I am doing, where I am going .

Q- Your poems’ approach to spirituality blends aspects of western and eastern religions with your own very unconventional, individual perspective. What does this perspective stem from?   

A- I want to create something completely different from anything — but anything has a part in it.  

Q- What does spirituality mean to you? 

A- If I am an ocean, spirituality is the moonlight that shines eternally on me. Spirituality is like air, I take it in every minute. 

Q- Do you think your poems will challenge Western stereotypes of China?  

A- I see what I see and write what I write. China is a nation of 1.4 billion people, I would not say I alone am enough to challenge the stereotypes. I only hope my poems can challenge stereotypes about me, only me. Anyways, I am an individual of a free spirit; I generally don't care about stereotypes. I see and write as I see fit.”  

Q- In a predominantly godless culture, where do you see God?  

A- Seeing God is never about culture; it is about opening your heart to it.  

Q- As a Chinese living in China, your poems also present Western religions from your own unique perspective. What do you hope the impact on readers will be?  

A- I see and write as an individual of a free spirit which transcends the limits of border, culture, race, and belief. I hope you can read my poems as those of a free spirit individual and feel the power of transcendence.  

Q- What are your favorite poems in the collection, and why?  

A- Every one of my poems is unique and special and my love toward them is unique yet equal. But I would love to share two of them during this special time.  


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