'Lifting,' And Lifted By, Words

Lifting poetry illustration
Ron Tanovitz

About The Poetry Games
To celebrate the Olympics we invited poets from around the globe to compose original works about athletes and athletics — and asked you to be the judges. Click here to read the winning poem.

Poet Ouyang Yu comes to NPR's Poetry Games representing two continents: Asia, where he was born (in China); and Australia, where he moved in 1991. He is a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, literary translation and criticism in English and Chinese.

Of his poem "Lifting," he writes: "Much as I admire weightlifting heroes or heroines, I can't help reminding myself that, however powerful a weightlifter is, he or she can't lift himself or herself up. The magic of the word is that, when well lifted, it has the power to transform."

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