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Yīn Dào: An Etymology
Mao Zedong and the Communist Party took control of China in 1948,
bringing revolution to China. And the simplification of the writing system.
vagina: n.阴道, 鞘,叶鞘
yīn dào: 1. vagina 2. cunt
i. 阴 yīn
yīn is female, a door into shadow
yīn not yáng not sun not light not masculine
yīn darkness, negative
ii. 道 dào
dào is the way
dào path, road
dào truth, knowledge
iii. 阴道 yīn dào
yīn dào shades knowledge
yīn dào negative way
yīn dào path of darkness
yīn dào vagina.
iv. 中国 zhōng guó
warlords, bound feet
gender selective abortion.
Caleb Powell was born in Taiwan, and has also lived and worked in South Korea, Guam, Thailand, The United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Brazil, and Argentina. He is the author of The World is a Class, a reference guide drawing on his experiences overseas, and a novella, This Seething Ocean, That Damned Eagle. He has placed stories, essays, and a novel in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Writing Competition, including the short-listing of a novel in 2007. Recent works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published or are forthcoming in descant, Drunken Boat, elimae, and others. “Love: An Etymology” and “Cao: An Etymology” are published, or will be soon, in decomP and Word Riot. For more information, visit calebpowell.wordpress.com.