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Zao Zhang, Fiona Sze-Lorrain (Translator), Bai Hua (Introduction by)


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This bilingual posthumous collection is a detailed, retrospective look at one of the more brilliant poetic minds of the twenty-first century, and includes an introduction by Bai Hua and afterword by Bei Dao. Zhang Zao left China in 1986 and lived in Germany until his death at 48 in 2010; only about 90 of his poems survive. A dark humor vivifies Zhang Zao's later work as he eroticizes the harrowing: doubt, finality, and then nothingness. The choice of these poems span his short career: Mirror, one of his earliest and best known works starts the collection, while Lantern Town was written less than two months before his death.

Zephyr Press, 9781938890239, 260pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2022

About the Author

The central figure of the post-Misty poets, Bai Hua is one of the most influential of contemporary Chinese poets. His book Wind Says, translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain, was published by Zephyr in 2013.