Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 1-4

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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The Poetics of Disbelief

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pp. vii-xiii

Since the 1980's, the modern Chinese poetry that has mattered—in China, and in the rest of the world—is often called “avant-garde,” as distinct from “official” poetry associated with a politically sanctioned, orthodox literary establishment. Avant-garde poetry has overwhelmingly emerged through...

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A Phone Call from Dalian

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pp. xv-xix

I was struck when reading Maghiel’s excellent essay on Han Dong that while we share an admiration for Han Dong’s poetry, we take very different things from his work. What follows are my personal impressions, as a reader and as a translator, of the work of one of my favorite poets....

1. Green Tree, Red Fruit

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pp. 2-3

2. Someone in a Riot of Stones

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pp. 4-5

3. There Is a Darkness

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pp. 6-7

4. I Hear Cups

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pp. 8-9

5. A Loud Noise

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pp. 10-11

6. Visiting Shandong

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pp. 12-13

7. A Phone Call from Dalian

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pp. 14-15

7. A Calm

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pp. 16-17

8. Round Jade

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pp. 18-19

9. Rain

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pp. 20-21

10. Gregorian Chant

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pp. 22-23

11. Elevator Door Etc.

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pp. 24-25

12. The Worker’s Hand

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pp. 26-27

13. The Chicken Seller

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pp. 28-29

14. Of the Wild Goose Pagoda

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pp. 30-31

15. Mountain People

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pp. 32-33

16. So You’ve Seen the Sea

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pp. 34-35

17. A and B

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pp. 36-39

18. Your Hand

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pp. 40-41

19. The Train

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pp. 42-43

20. Let Me Describe the Rainstorm

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pp. 44-45

21. Making a Note

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pp. 46-47

22. Dialogue

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pp. 48-49

23. News

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pp. 50-51

24. So Dispassionate

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pp. 52-53

25. Waitress

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pp. 54-55

26. Night Flight

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pp. 56-59

27. Crossing the Lingdingyang, the Lonely Sea

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pp. 60-63

28. Under the Streetlights of Shenzhen

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pp. 64-65

29. In Shenzhen, to a Group of Friends

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pp. 66-69

30. Return

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pp. 70-73

31. Love Life

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pp. 74-75

32. Absurd Winter Scene

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pp. 76-77

33. Pain

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pp. 78-79

34. Growing Up Is a Mistake

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pp. 80-81

35. The Days of Our Lives

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pp. 82-83

36. The Softer Part

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pp. 84-85

37. Wood Work

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pp. 86-87

38. Summertime Window

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pp. 88-89

39. We Sat on the Street

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pp. 90-91

40. In White-tiled Brightness

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pp. 92-93

41. Some People Don’t Like to Talk

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pp. 94-95

42. It’s Foggy

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pp. 96-97

43. These Past Few Years

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pp. 98-101

Translator Acknowledgments

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pp. 103-124

Translator Biographies

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pp. 105-106