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Poem lover keeps spending spare time to pursue passion for poetry

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-04-24 10:36

Zhu Yanjun shares poetry reading experience with students at a primary school in Jingning county, Northwest China's Gansu province, on April 10, 2023.[Photo/Xinhua]

Zhu Yanjun, 50, is the runner-up of the 2023 Chinese Poetry Competition. After graduating from junior high school in 1992, he stopped his schooling and left his hometown, a village in Jingning county of Northwest China's Gansu province, and began to work as a migrant worker.

Over the past 30 years, although he was always busy working during the day, he kept on spending his spare time to pursue his passion for poetry. This year, he finally appeared in the Chinese Poetry Competition and won the second place, stunning the audience with his talent.

Zhu's obsession with poetry runs through every aspect of his life. Whenever he goes to a city for work, he first visits bookstores. On rainy days when the construction site where he works halts work temporarily, he usually rushes to the bookstore early in the morning and spends the whole day reading books. In order to make use of his time to read poetry, he always carries some notes of copying poems in his pocket.

In March of this year, Zhu Yanjun returned to his hometown and got a chance to work as a staff member at the cultural center of Jingning County. This job gives him more time to delve into the stories behind the poems and more opportunities to share his study experience with others. Zhu wishes to inspire more people around him to explore the beauty of reading.

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