Wind Says

Wind says : selected poetry of Bai Hua = 风在说 : 柏桦 - Wind Says

Selected Poetry of Bai Hua = Feng Zai Shuo : Bai Hua

Book - 2012
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"Subtle and compelling, Bai Hua is among the best in contemporary Chinese poetry."?David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University


Unfathomable, the fish can't sing
swimming from silence to silence

It needs things, it needs to speak
but it stares blindly at a stone

The strength of endurance is too precise
Senility urges it to walk the road of kindness

What is it? Image of a people
or an act of soundless immersion?

The face of grievance veers toward shadow
the silence of death toward error

Born as metaphor to clarify a fact:
the throat where ambiguous pain begins

Considered the central literary figure of the post-Obscure (post-"Misty") poetry movement during the 1980s, Bai Hua was born in Chongqing, China, in 1956. After graduating from Guangzhou Foreign Language Institute, he taught at various universities before working as an independent writer. His first collection of poems, Expression (1988), found immediate critical acclaim. A highly demanding writer, Bai Hua has a small but selective poetic output: between the mid-'80s and 2007 Bai Hua wrote fewer than one hundred poems, most of which continue to command a large audience across China. After a silence of more than a decade, he began writing again in 2007. This bilingual selection is a comprehensive overview of Bai Hua's writing career.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates in French, English, and Chinese. Her recent work includes Water the Moon (Marick Press, 2010). Co-director of Vif Éditions and one of the editors at Cerise Press, she is also a zheng concertist.

First collection in English by the central literary figure of China's post-Misty Poetry movement beginning in the 1980s.

Publisher: Hong Kong : Chinese University Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780983297062
Characteristics: xiv, 191 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bai, Hua 1956- Poems
Sze-Lorrain, Fiona
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 柏桦
Alternative Title (Original Script): 风在说


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