Qianxun Chen

Issue 14 · Fall 2014

This is an originally bilingual work written by Qianxun Chen. In Chinese Shan is mountain and Shui means water. With both elements together, it signifies landscape in Chinese. Shan Shui also refers to Shan Shui painting (Landscape painting) as well as a certain style in poetry that focuses on the beauty of nature to invoke an image in a reader's mind.

With each click, the program can generate a new Shan Shui poem and a corresponding Shan Shui painting. The poem is a Wujue, a poetic form consisting of four lines of five syllables following certain tone patterns.