Some say that the change in Chinese away from satire and critique is just the chase of the almighty dollar. That seems a deficit explanation given the official statements by the Chinese government. I am no expert. But, this poem is an attempt to show support for Chinese artists.
Chinese Shelf Help by Michael Romani Once was a day of awkward political say In which the art of Chinese politics held sway There were landfill shrines to growing consumerism And deflated tanks aimed at Chinese militarism Boldly speaking to a Post-Tiananmen generation Has given way to a quieter veneration Minimalism to the point of parody is now there As statements give way to a more abstract fare Gone now are the garish but hysteric exaggerations That both instructed and bemused the Chinese nation Concentrating instead on urban malaise in the digital era Instead of the unsteadying critique of political error This coincides with a diminishing space for free expression The state deigned that art must serve without apprehension "Like sunlight in a blue sky" offering " a cool spring breeze" The totalitarians places the artists on their knees It's an oddity to return to the ways of Chairman Mao That there is no art for art's sake and still make art somehow The younger generation falls under the sense of dollars to be made The heart of literature and art is numbly put to rest in its shade Thoughtfulness and flexibility are caught in the surreality Of the consequences of irritating the government's abilities While certainly the ways of the market do have an influence My bet is on those holding guns as the key to this confluence The Death of Maret is a resin enclosed bit of pessimism But, as such, deeply reveals the ways of socialism Where free speech is subjected to government sanction Too many closed topics are brushed over in generalization The art rendered is not longer Chinese but contemporary We can only hope this phase is simply temporary The making of Chinese art with any sort of sting Is done for now, save for hope of what tomorrow may bring c) July 27, 2018 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved