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Editors

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p. 6

Poets

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p. 7

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Foreword

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pp. 8-9

These lines emerge from over three hundred years of darkness to become a metaphor for human camaraderie and dignity. Today, they refer to the sickness of globalization—and if globalization is what Donne calls a Continent, then poetry must be an Iland. ...

Contents

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pp. 10-13

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1. Adonis

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pp. 14-29

Ali Ahmad Said Esber, known to readers as Adonis, was born in a rural village in Syria in 1930. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from the Damascus University and went on to earn a doctoral degree in Arabic literature from St. Joseph University in Beirut. ...

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2. Aase Berg

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pp. 30-49

Aase Berg was born in Sweden in 1967. She is a poet and a literary critic, and has received literary awards in Sweden and Germany. Her works have been translated into several languages. In USA she has four books published. ...

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3. Natalia S. H. Chan

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pp. 50-59

Natalia S. H. Chan (penname: Lok Fung) is a poet and cultural critic. She holds a PhD in comparative literature and cultural studies from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include cultural and film theory, gender studies, popular culture, performance studies, cross-dressing and fashion. ...

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4. Conchitina Cruz

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pp. 60-73

Conchitina Cruz was born in Manila. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Her books of poetry include Dark Hours (UP Press, 2005), which received the National Book Award for Poetry, and elsewhere held and lingered (High Chair, 2008). ...

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5. Menna Elfyn

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pp. 74-87

Menna Elfyn is an award-winning poet and playwright. She has published over twelve volumes of poetry including Aderyn Bach Mewn Llaw (Bird in Hand, 1990), winner of Welsh Arts Council Prize for best volume of the year. Four volumes have appeared bilingually by Bloodaxe Books: Cell Angel (1996), Blind Man’s Kiss (2001), Perfect Blemish (2007), and her latest Murmur, which was chosen as Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation for autumn 2012. ...

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6. Olvido García Valdés

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pp. 88-95

Poet, essayist and translator, Olvido García Valdés was born on December 2, 1950 in Asturias, Spain. She holds degrees in philosophy from the University of Valladolid, and Romance philology from the University of Oviedo. She resides in Toledo, Spain. ...

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7. Han Dong

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pp. 96-107

Han Dong was born in 1961, and graduated in philosophy from Shandong University in 1982. He is a poet, novelist and screenwriter. ...

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8. Lan Lan

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pp. 108-121

Born in 1967 in Yantai, Shandong province, Lan Lan is considered one of today’s most influential Chinese lyrical poets. She is the bestselling author of several poetry titles including Life with a Smile (1990), Inner Life (1997), Dream, Dream (2003), and From Here, to Here (2010). Also a prolific prose and children’s fiction writer, her work has been translated into ten languages. ...

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9. Lee Seong-bok

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pp. 122-137

Lee Seong-bok (1952–), recipient of Kim Soo-young Literature Prize and Kim So-wol Literature Prize, has continually attracted attention to his highly imaginative and multi-layered poetry. Influenced by Kafka, Nietzsche and Baudelaire, Lee’s first volume of poetry When Do the Rolling Stones Awake shocked readers with its daring use of free association to expose the hypocrisy, corruption and perversity of this world. ...

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10. Tim Lilburn

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pp. 138-147

Tim Lilburn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has published nine books of poetry, including To the River (1999), Kill-site (2003), and Orphic Politics (2008). His work has received Canada’s Governor General’s Award (for Kill-site), the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, and the Canadian Authors Association Award among other prizes. ...

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11. Zeyar Lynn

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pp. 148-157

Zeyar Lynn, a contemporary Myanmar poet, has already published seven collections of poetry, two anthologies of miscellaneous poetry translations of internationally acclaimed poets including Chinese, five translations of poems (Sylvia Plath, modern Japanese poetry, Japanese tanka, John Ashbery, and Charles Bernstein), and three books of collected articles on poetry and poetics. ...

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12. Dunya Mikhail

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pp. 158-171

Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American poet, was born in Baghdad in 1965 and left Iraq to Michigan, USA in the mid-1990s. She has worked as a journalist for The Baghdad Observer and her work was found “subversive.” She was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing in 2001, and her translator, Elizabeth Winslow, won a 2004 Pen Translation Fund Award. ...

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13. Peter Minter

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pp. 172-181

Peter Minter is a leading Australian poet, editor and writer on poetics. Born in 1967, he shares Scottish, English and Aboriginal heritage. He grew up first by the ocean and then in the bush, traveled to Japan at the age of eighteen and then studied literature and philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Empty Texas, Morning, Hyphen and blue grass. ...

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14. Tomasz Różycki

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pp. 182-197

Tomasz Różycki, a contemporary Polish poet and translator, was born in 1970 in Opole (Silesia, the southwestern part of Poland, a region that bears the mark of a distinct mixture of cultures). Różycki studied Romance languages at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Alongside his work he translated poetry from French, publishing a translation of Stéphane Mallarmé’s in 2005. ...

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15. Un Sio San

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pp. 198-207

Poet and writer, Un Sio San was born in Macau in 1985 and graduated from Peking University and the University of Toronto. She has won several writing prizes, including the Macao Literature Prize. Her works can be found in literary journals published in Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China, and a bilingual edition of her work titled Here was published in 2011 by the Association of Stories in Macau. ...

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16. Jeffrey Yang

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pp. 208-217

Jeffrey Yang was born in 1974 in Escondido, California. He is the author of the poetry books Vanishing-Line (2011) and An Aquarium (2008, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award), both published by Graywolf Press. For the past thirteen years Yang has worked as an editor at New Directions, and has edited two anthologies for the publishing house—Time of Grief: Mourning Poems and Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions. ...

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17. Ye Mimi

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pp. 218-227

Ye Mimi is a Taiwanese poet and filmmaker. A graduate of the MFA Film Studio Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently The More Car the More Far (Taipei: Garden City Publishers). A bilingual chapbook of her poems was recently published by the Anomalous Press in 2013 under the title His Days Go by the Way Her Years. ...

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18. Raúl Zurita

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pp. 228-236

Raúl Zurita was born in Santiago, Chile in 1950. He started out studying engineering before turning to poetry. His early work is a ferocious response to Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup. Like many other Chileans, Zurita was arrested and tortured. When he was released, he helped to form a radical artistic group CADA, and he became renowned for his provocative and intensely physical public performances. ...

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