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Articles tagged "Liu Xiaobo"

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...

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