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Returned Pearl Cave : Guilin, September 28, 1984 single work   poetry   "It's cool in the cave"
Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 Returned Pearl Cave : Guilin, September 28, 1984
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  • (1) There is a story about a fisherman's son who found a large pearl in the cave. He took it home and when his father returned from his fishing, he saw his house lit up from the glow of the pearl. He made his son return it to the cave as he would not let him keep anything that he has not earned by his labours. When the boy returned the pearl to the cave, a dragon who lived there took the pearl in his mouth and flew away, never to return.
  • (2) Another story is about a general who, whenever he wanted to test the strength of a new sword, would take it to the cave and try it out on the stalactites there. One day, when testing his new sword, he cut right through the stalactite. One of the stalactites in the cave stops short of the cave floor by about 6 inches.

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    y separately published work icon Kath Walker in China Kath Walker , Gu Zixin (translator), Beijing : International Culture Publishing Corporation Jacaranda Press , 1988 Z823392 1988 selected work poetry autobiography Indigenous story

    'The trip to China in September and October, 1984 was like seeing a great work of art. It opened our eyes. We were all very excited...To Kath Walker it was something more...She had not written any poetry for years...This volume of poetry is the fruit of her labour in China. It is a continuation of the themes which inform all her poetry - the wrongs the white people committed against her people, and her longing for a world in which those cruelties and barbarism have disappeared off the face of the earth.' (Source: page 2)

    K'ai-se Wo-k'o tsai Chung-kuo Kath Walker in China = 凯瑟 · 沃克在中国 /
    Beijing : International Culture Publishing Corporation Jacaranda Press , 1988
    pg. 48-51
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