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Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry Paperback – 16 Apr 2012
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"This fascinating gathering of new and old voices is sure to please not only fans of Chinese culture but all who appreciate great poetry." -- World Lit. Today "World Lit. Today"
About the Author
W.N. Herbert is Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing at Newcastle University. He writes in two tongues, English and Scots, and has co-translated poetry from a diverse range of other languages. Yang Lian is was one of the original Misty Poets who reacted against the strictures of the Cultural Revolution, and has lived in exile since 1989, making London his permanent home in recent years. He has an international reputation as one of China's leading contemporary poets. Brian Holton has taught Chinese language and literature at Edinburgh, Durham and Newcastle Universities and at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the principal English-language translator of Yang Lian's poetry, and the only currently-publishing Chinese-Scots translator in the world. Qin Xiaoyu is a writer and editor, recognised as one of the most original and influential of the younger critics now writing in China.
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on 16 May 2012
British poetry fans read shamefully little from abroad. Despite the importance of China in the 21st century, most readers would struggle to name a single Chinese writer. This important book attempts to redress this problem. It comes with a wonderful introduction and lots of useful essays. Of the poets, I particularly love Qin Xiaoyu, Han Bo's 'People's Park' ('Our people. Why do you / hang the sunset into / the birdcage of the park?') and Bai Hua. But I'm only just starting to dip into this thick (300+ pages) book, which is great value for money. Wish I'd had it when I went travelling round China...
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A Highly Subjective Rendering of Contemporary Chinese Poetry
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I was rather disappointed both by the poets selected and the poems of each poet selected for this volume. They seem to have been the result of one or two people's highly subjective point of view. The volume doesn't really represent the complexity and high quality of contemporary Chinese poetry. The translations in many cases are wooden and there are a lot of mistakes and misapprehensions.