Circle of Love

(Polly Ho)

To start with, Hong Kong is a metropolitan meeting point for poets.

The circle of love began when we had lunch at Mido Restaurant. There, we started dramatizing plan to have institutions like FBI and CIA, filled with occasional laughter, joined later by Madeleine. At three o’clock, we gathered again in Kubrick and formed a circle of literature. Steven Schroder and Madeleine Slavick who no longer base in Hong Kong, stopped over Hong Kong for 2-3 weeks. Polly kicked off the reading with the song Circle of Life in Lion King. After playing the song with her iPhone, she read the English version but withheld the German one as she was not yet prepared. Steve and Madeleine took turn to read their selected poems. They had prepared themselves so well with published books and manuscripts. They selected poems of the same theme and pass the ball to the next.  Madeleine seemed to like this reciprocal game. Meanwhile, Steve expressed the experience of cultural shock when he moved back to Chicago because he no longer used to living there. To Madeleine, she felt she had landed yesterday but had to leave the next day. The larger the circle, the shorter the time it is.

Through poetry, we feel much connected.

(photos by Paul Wan)