I turn my face to the sea, hearing you talk
Of unexplained phantasms of memory.
—Yang Mu, “Qixingtan” (1996)
- phantasm 幻像；幻景；幽靈
Phantasms are illusions that look like transparent versions of the caster.
Just as T.S. Eliot remains a towering figure in English-language literature, many writers today feel humbled by the “Yang Mu phenomenon.”
- towering 高聳的；傑出的，卓越的
His towering craftsmanship was more than deep feeling and agile fingers.