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Liu Xia’s “Empty Chairs”

Poet and photographer Liu Xia lives amongst dolls in her poetry collection, Empty Chairs. Under house arrest and panoptically watched by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of the incarceration of her husband, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, for “subversion of the state,” Liu’s collection resides in a place of isolation, a place brimming with shadows, specters, and half-issued words. It is from this interval of confinement­­––a...

Remembering the Departed Spirits: Liu Xiaobo’s \“June Fourth Elegies\”

“Let the darkness transform into rock across the wilderness of my memory.” — From “Fifteen Years of Darkness,” June Fourth Elegies Every year since the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has written poetic elegies commemorating the tragedy. Graywolf Press recently published twenty years of those poems in the collection June Fourth Elegies, the first publication of Liu’s poetry in North America. The...

The Week in Translation

GO what: June Fourth Elegies: A Reading and Discussion with Jeffrey Yang and Larry Siems when: Thursday, August 2, 6:30-8pm where: Museum of Chinese in America RSVP to [email protected] website: http://www.mocanyc.org/visit/events/june_fourth_elegies_a_reading_and_discussion_with_jeffrey_yang_and_larry_siems what: Ugly Duckling Presse at the Welcome to Boog City Poetry and Music Festival when: Saturday, August 4, 11am where: Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn...

Words without Borders announces Bei Dao’s upcoming visit to the Northside College Prep High School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Information Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director Organization Name: Words without Borders Telephone Number:  E-mail Address: [email protected] Web site Address: www.wordswithoutborders.org Words without Borders announces Bei Dao’s upcoming visit to the Northside College Prep High School New York City, New York, February 7, 2012—Words without Borders (WWB) is pleased to announce a school visit and a public...

Narratives of 1960

Grandmother’s last clothing is a reed mat her coffin a small fishing boat The year was 1960 She stole a kilo of yellow beans Those who ordered her to kneel on snail shells are mostly dead Those still alive are also old Some are tending shops some sleep or herd ducks Translation of   "Yi jiu liu ling nian ji shi. "  Copyright Yang Jian. By arrangement with the author. Translation copyright 2011 by Fiona Sze-Lorrain. All rights reserved.

Poems for Parting

1 So slender and so graceful not much more than thirteen the tip of a cardamom branch in spring just about to bud ten miles down the Yangzhou road and the spring winds were blowing lots of women since, bead curtains lifting, but never like that again. 2 Too much love somehow became no love at all over this farewell bottle we can't manage even a friendly smile only the candle seems to be able to generate some feeling all night it...
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