- Landscape Above Zero | Bei Dao | “It was the pen that bloomed in despair / It was the flower that refused the necessary journey”
- Tonight We Sow | Duo Duo | “Tulips, last days and the ferrying / and bed after bed piled up with seed, nourishes lovers.”
- Snow Without Subject (2) | Yang Lian | “Flowers meticulously etched on a bowl by a dead bird – / drinking from the bright red stream at the picnic.”
- A Few Memories | Shu Ting | “… pressed down / A lost red mountain flower / Eucalyptus trees turn”
- The Future | Bai Hua | “Birds, beasts, flowers, wood, spring, summer, autumn, winter – / all are surprised by this crazy little man.”
- In the Mirror | Zhang Zao | “As long as there are thoughts that bring regret / plum blossoms fall”
- Wild Temple | Chen Dongdong | “An old monk | Acrid pines”
- Phoenix | Zheng Danyi | “Like a basketful of pears, with soft-jade core, one // Another, for her I peel the fruits”
Poets Zheng Danyi and Martin Alexander talk about “New Generation Poetry” and read Danyi’s poem “Dedication”, written in 1990.
Listen to this particular edition of “The Strand” here (start from 20:00).
Martin is a regular Cha contributor and Shirley’s poem “Letter to a Prominent Korean Man And to You” is published in the current issue of the journal.
UPDATE: A longer love poem by Liu Xiaobo will be included in the next issue of the Asia Literary Review, with an essay by Danyi and Martin on New Generation poetry and what’s been happening with poetry in China since the death of Mao.
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