A Splintered Mirror (Hardcover)
Chinese Poetry from the Democracy Movement Bei Bao, Duo Duo, Gu Cheng, Jiang He, Mang Ke, Shu Ting, and Yan
North Point Press, 9780865474482, 128pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 1991
A Splintered Mirror gathers together poems by seven of the Chinese Misty Poets who writings proved one of the first signs of the democracy movement in China. Published clandestinely, or pasted upon walls, Misty poetry quietly exploded the rigid structures of official Chinese poetry, presenting a new poetics infused with personal emotions and private imagery. This collection displays the full range of human concerns, often poignant, evocative, and bittersweet expressions of personal longing—Gu Cheng’s stubborn dreams, Mang Ke’s weaving of time, nature, and emotion, Duo Duo’s sharp, self-mocking anger, and Bei Dao’s vision of art as a splintered mirror
About the Author
Carolyn Kizer won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1985. Her translations of Chinese poetry have been an integral and highly praised part of her work since the 1960s.
Praise For A Splintered Mirror: Chinese Poetry from the Democracy Movement Bei Bao, Duo Duo, Gu Cheng, Jiang He, Mang Ke, Shu Ting, and Yan…
“I’m grateful for Donald Finkel’s deft and timely translations. A Splintered Mirror calls back to mind that photograph of the lone man confronting the tank column in Tiananmen Square. He might have been any one of these poets, whose defiance is a free imagination. The lyric voice has always sought to undo history. These poets are also making history.”—J. D. McClatchy