Chengdu poet He Xiaozhu
Chengdu, China, is known as a city of writers — with an especially strong community of poets.
Last week's earthquake has already started filtering into local writers' works.
Here are two poems by Chengdu poets about the earthquake.
At the time of the earthquake, 45-year-old He Xiaozhu was working on a novel on the second floor of a teahouse in Chengdu.
Poet He Xiaozhu Reads 'Elegy'
Thousands upon thousands of anguished cries
Returning to silence and tranquillity
Heavenly acts cannot be predicted
The moon over Wenchuan
Still, a question mark
Aftershocks extend to Chengdu
Sorrow engulfs half the world
Tears turn to ice
Let candlelight melt them away
Children, climb on a dandelion
and line up for heaven
Chengdu Poet Wu Qing
Chengdu poet Wu Qing, 29, was away in Shanghai when the earthquake struck. He is planning to return to Chengdu at the end of May.
'My Brothers Are in the Quake' by Wu Qing
Poet Wu Qing Reads 'My Brothers Are in the Quake'
Chengdu is nothing but earthquake
My brothers are in the earthquake
My friends are in the earthquake
My dog is in the earthquake, too
Liu Hui says, oh Brother
Life in the earthquake is terrible
But I am a thousand miles away
Where people are perfectly normal
Besides being worried
We feel a bit empty