Who is Liu Xia?

Who is Liu Xia?


I live like a plant in the day

With no voice and no human interaction

Or like a corpse at night…


I curl into a ball

As somebody knocks at the door

My neck starts to stiffen

But I cannot leave…


I speak to myself too solitary

I have not the right to speak, to speak loudly!

I live like a plant

I lie like a corpse!



Rob Cullen: Apologies for a poor rendition of Liu Xia’s poem.