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Important New Chinese Poetry Translations

Shortlisted for the 2022 Lucien Stryk Prize for Best Translation of the Year from an Asian Language, awarded by the American Literary Translators Association.

Broad Sea and Empty Sky

China’s Greatest Modern Poet, Xu Zhimo

translated by Dorothy Trench Bonett

Xu Zhimo (1897–1931) was China’s first great modern poet and a major figure of the intellectual revolution that shaped modern China. An international education brought him into contact with every major Chinese literary figure of his day, as well as Rabindranath Tagore, Thomas Hardy, Katherine Mansfield, and Bertrand Russell, among others. Xu incorporated elements of the English poetic tradition and that of East India with native Chinese traditions to create a body of work that spoke to his contemporaries at a critical time in their history, and still speaks today. This book presents the largest selection of Xu’s poems available in English, as well as some of his prose works.

226 pp, 6 x 9 / Soft
Chinese Poetry / World Literature
ISBN: 978-1-891640-98-8

Chosen as one of the “Ten Best Rural Poets” by the Chinese Writers Association


A Contemporary Pastoral Poet of China, Zhang Lian

translated by Keming Liu

A struggling potato farmer in rural north China, Zhang Lian (b. 1957) turned to poetry to describe the harsh beauty of his environment and his daily struggle to eke out an existence. His work has appeared in more than one hundred anthologies and been translated into several languages, now including English. For this volume, Keming Liu translated one hundred poems, chiefly representing Zhang’s multifaceted perceptions of his world at dusk, when farmer and shepherd are blessed with a moment to daydream. His poems capture both the hopelessness and hopefulness of his austere world, and a deep belief in the redemptive power of words.

256 pp, 6 x 9 / Soft
Chinese Poetry / World Literature
ISBN: 978-1-891640-03-2

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