Amen, who was born in the 1960s, has published more than a thousand poems. He is the winner of the People’s Literature Award and the Chu Jiwang Literature Award. Writing poetry is one of the most important things in his life. It is no exaggeration to describe him as being inseparable and inseparable. Reading his poems, it is not difficult to find that they have an open style. His poems are not only down-to-earth and concerned about the grassroots people, but also exude a spirit that echoes nature.
He is a romantic poet who speaks his mind directly. In the process of writing poems that are upward and good, he always uses loneliness to examine his heart. He painstakingly used his innate sensitivity to discover and transfer “words hidden deep in the soil” into poems, completing journeys of “sadness, joy, anger and sorrow” on paper again and again. Once he travels among the mountains, seas and countryside, the “heavyness, depression, and forbearance” in his heart will be instantly released like a compressed spring, and he will feel free and at ease, as if he were in a deserted land. This forthrightness of “ruling hypocrisy with utmost sincerity” expresses his strong longing and gratitude for his family, country, local sages, parents, friends and lovers through poetry.
Look at his narrative poem that turns rural sages into spiritual icons. For example, he wrote Pan Tianshou: “I can’t compare with you/Looking left and right, the days are like an/Expired wall calendar, no one collects/No one auctions/Taste carefully, except for congenital deafness/Acquired myopia/I still have to cherish a plant of indifference. / Searching hard for the fragrant soul with the old plum blossoms under the moon” (excerpt from “Reading Paintings”). Another example is when he wrote about Rou Shi: “Disappointment and impetuosity were once / my life, but tonight / they are not, tonight in eastern Zhejiang / a spine has found a place to take root / the storm is inside, the scenery is outside / I want to be close to you consciously Follow you/let your hope/live in poetry/let your spirit/live in your heart forever” (excerpt from “Hope”). He sees the wise and considers them all, uses “a piece of indifference” to stay away from the temptation of the world, and uses diligence to obtain the fragrant soul. He looked back and asked himself, knowing how to make a choice in confusion, and let “a spine” have a place to take root. The masters of traditional Chinese painting and the writers of the “Left-Left Alliance” are his role models, and more role models will appear in the poets and readers in the future. Under the care of the heart and all things in nature, the “peak” always makes him admire and fascinated.
There are traces of the spoken language of his hometown scattered everywhere in his poems. Even a word or a sentence is like his unique symbol. It makes people understand it at a glance, smell the fireworks of the world, and think of ordinary people, just like entering his “Zhao family.” hospital”. For example: “It’s the Double Ninth Festival?/Hey, I’m one year older!//On September 9th, the moon stands high enough/My hometown and I stand/not high enough…” (Excerpt from “Double Ninth Festival”). “Hi” expresses helplessness. The moon’s loftiness and innocence are related to the “humbleness” of him and his hometown. It seems to be a metaphor for the shortcomings or regrets in life, but it also seems to be able to see hope. The passage of time is loss, and the signifier of poetry brings hope. “I’m glad that death is too heroic, I’m not worthy of it/I’m glad that poetry relieves my anxiety, I’m still alive.” The last sentence of “Hospital Note” is a confirmation of his tenacious life and will. Whenever you encounter pain and distress, poetry is the best remedy.
He is a poet full of humanistic care, advocating minimalism and full of philosophical thoughts. He stretches out time and puts the future before his eyes. These poems bear the imprint of comforting life, pointing to hope and blessing after the intersection of sorrow and joy. These poems can also help people who are experiencing pain and helplessness regain their confidence. I looked between the poem and the person, constantly changing the perspective of history and space, and saw his thoughts as thin as a hair, his arduous journey step by step, and his perseverance in courage and conscience.
Every poem in “The Light on the Door” can be savored carefully. Although they were created in different years, the poet’s determination brought them together, hand in hand, inseparable. Here, we can read traces of the poet’s narration of his mental journey. In a poem, one can see one’s true nature clearly, and in a small self, one can see the life of ordinary people. The lines of text scattered here may be the spiritual motivation to constantly strive for self-improvement and change your destiny.
(“The Light on the Door” Amen/author, China Book Publishing House)