【瘂弦、高威廉（William C. Golightly）譯本】
The Old Woman had never seen Dostoyevsky at all.Spring,she just cried,"Salt! Salt! Give me a handful of salt."The angels were singing in the elm tree; that year,the garden peas hardly bloomed.
Seven hundred miled away, the Minister of Salt's caravan was moving around the sea. In the Old Woman's blind pupils, no sea weeds have ever grown. She just cried,"Salt! Salt! Give me salt."The angels were giggling, shaking down snow for her.
1911.The partymen have come to Wu-chang, but the Old Woman has gone from her foot wrappings hanging on the elm into the breath of wild dogs and into the wings of bald-headed vultures. Many voices whined in the wind—"Salt, Salt, Give me a handful of salt."Nearly all the garden peas bloomed white that year.Dostoyevsky had never seen our Old Woman at all.
Second Granny surely never met Dostoevsky. In spring she cried out only these words: ‘‘Salt, salt, give me a handful of salt!’’ Angels were singing in the elm tree. That year none of the sweet peas blossomed.
The Minister of Salt led a camel caravan by the edge of the sea seven hundred miles away. No seaweed had ever been reflected in Second Granny’s sightless eyes. She cried out only these words: ‘‘Salt, salt, give me a handful of salt!’’ Giggling angels shook snow down on her.
In 1911 Party members entered Wuchang. But from the foot-binding cloth hanging from the elm tree Second Granny doddered into the panting of wild dogs and the wings of vultures. Many voices drifted away on the wind: ‘‘Salt, salt, give me a handful of salt!’’ That year almost all the sweet peas put forth white blossoms. Dostoevsky never did meet Second Granny.
Granny never met Dostoyevsky. In spring she said only one thing: Salt, salt, give me a handful of salt! The angels sang in the elm trees. That year, the peas hardly blossomed at all.
The Minister of Salt and his camel caravan journeyed along the coast, seven hundred miles away. Granny’s blind eyes had never seen seaweed. She only repeated one thing: Salt, salt, give me a handful of salt! The angels laughed and sprinkled her with snow.
In 1911,the Party members reached Wuchang. Hanging the bands of cloth for binding her feet in the elms, Granny went off in the breath of wild dogs and on the wings of vultures. And many were mournful voices on the wind crying: Salt, salt, give me a handful of salt! That year the peas were covered with white blossoms.And Dostoevsky never met Granny.
Second Granny had never really met Dostoevsky. In spring she would only cry out: ‘‘Salt, Salt, Give me just a handful of salt!’’And the angels sang hymns up in the elm trees. That year nearly all the sweet peas failed to blossom.
The Minister of Salt Affairs walked his camel caravan along the edge of the sea hundreds miles away. Second Granny’s sightless eyes had never even seen a clump of seaweed. She would only cry out: ‘‘Salt, Salt, Give me just a handful of salt!’’And the angels giggled and shook some snow down on her.
In 1911, the Party members arrived in Wuchang. And Second Granny stepped out from the foot-binding cloth that dangled from the elm tree, into the panting of wild dogs,and into the wings of vultures. Many of voices mourn their losses in the wind: ‘‘Salt, Salt, Give me just a handful of salt!’’ That year, almost all the sweet peas put their white blossoms. But Dostoevsky never did meet Second Granny.
高威廉（William C. Golightly）：資料不詳。《瘂弦詩集·序》中提及：「為了使作品能追上英美語文的水準，全部譯稿曾央請同房的美國朋友——一位青年詩人高威廉加以修正；他不諳中文，改錯了不少地方，雖然中文意思錯了，但在英文裏卻能構成新意，成為一個龐德式的美麗的錯誤。」
奚密（Michelle Yeh）：臺灣大學外文系學士，南加州大學比較文學碩士及博士。現任教於加州大學戴維斯分校，以現當代漢語詩歌及東西方比較詩學為主要研究對象。主要論著包括：Modern Chinese Poetry : Theory and Practice Since 1917（《现代汉诗 : 1917年以来的理论与实践》）、《現代詩文錄》、《從邊緣出發：現代漢詩的另類傳統》、《詩生活》。主要編輯與譯作包括Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry（《現代漢詩選》）、No Trace of the Gardener : Poems of Yang Mu（《園丁杳無蹤：楊牧詩選》）、《海的聖像學：沃克特詩選》、《芳香詩學》。
陶忘機（John Balcom）：美國漢學家、翻譯家，富爾頓加州大學歷史文學學士，蒙特利國際研究學院中國文學學士，舊金山州立大學中國文學碩士，聖路易斯華盛頓大學中國文學與比較文學博士，現任教於蒙特利國際研究學院翻譯及口譯研究院，曾任美國文學翻譯家協會（American Literary Translators Association）會長及國際譯聯文學翻譯委員會委員。譯有《漂木》（Driftwood）、《奇萊前書》（Memories of Mount Qilai : The Education of a Young Poet）、《深淵》（Abyss）、《巨流河》（The Great Flowing River : A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan）等。
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