Eleanor Goodman


Eleanor Goodman’s book of translations, Something Crosses My Mind: Selected Poems of Wang Xiaoni was the recipient of a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Grant and was shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Prize. Nine Dragon Island, a book of her original poetry, will be published this coming year

Posts by Eleanor Goodman

Fruit vendor

A poem by Eleanor Goodman


He sleeps under a neon sky

beside his fruit.

When it rains, his roof


is the bamboo mat where he slept.

Dragonfruit, canary melon, loquat, sugar-apple. 

His rice bowl.



A poem by Eleanor Goodman


Men don’t play these wild games of mahjong.

A search for sanctuary

brings the women to the fourteenth floor

where communal breezes


come from the hall

and the open doors are draped

with torn sheets for the July

heat to escape.