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Canyon in the Body (English and Simplified Chinese)
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The tenderness of Lan Lan’s poetry is steely and perfectly judged. She shows us a world of subtle adjustments and intelligent beauty—although the stakes she deals in could not be higher. As its title suggests, Canyon in the Body uncovers both existential and domestic meanings, writ both large and small in the human environment. Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s limpid, unforced translations do the poet, and her Anglophone readers, a great service. —Fiona Sampson, Editor of Poem and Professor of Poetry, Roehampton University Lan Lan is discussing happiness with us. She cuts time, our faces, our dreams, our crystal gaze. So how does this happen: when we leave her, washed, new, mellow, happy that she conducted us, drowned us, left us hovering in this . . . what? nothing? Blessed be the day I discovered her writing. —Tomaž Šalamun

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. I Speak to Rivers and Silence — Lyricism in Lan Lan’s Poetry
  2. pp. ix-xix
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  1. Short Lines
  2. pp. xx-xxii
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  1. Part I. indeed
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. 1. Vérité
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. 2. Please Discuss Happiness with Me
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. 3. Inside Eternity . . .
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. 4. Blue Pill
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. 5. Poets Are Useless
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. 6. Studying History
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. 7. Death of a Cobbler
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. 8. My Pen
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. 9. Shock
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. 10. Insomnia
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. 11. What Is More Is Silence
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. 12. Train, Train
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. 13. Unfinished Voyage
  2. pp. 26-30
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  1. Part II. a weight and a balance
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. 14. Reason for Everything
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. 15. You Are
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. 16. Man of Few Possessions
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. 17. I Am Other Things
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. 18. Lizard
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. 19. An Ear of Grain
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. 20. Will There Be a Tree
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. 21. Reality
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  1. 22. Meditations
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  1. 23. Now, Untouchable
  2. pp. 50-53
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  1. 24. A Few Grains of Sand
  2. pp. 54-57
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  1. 25. Change
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  1. 26. Standard Law
  2. pp. 60-62
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  1. Part III. canyon in the body
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. 27. Carpenter in the Thick of Wood Shavings . . .
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. 28. Siesta
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. 29. Only . . .
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. 30. Dusk
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  1. 31. Nothingness
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. 32. Mother
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  1. 33. The Start of Autumn
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  1. 34. Lost
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  1. 35. Wind
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  1. 36. Concerning Scenery
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  1. 37. Firefly
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  1. 38. Ruins of the Great River Village
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  1. 39. A Shuddering Gust of Wind
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. 40. In My Village
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  1. 41. In Xiaodian
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. 42. Et cetera . . .
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. 43. Travel
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. 44. Wild Sunflower
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. 45. Singer
  2. pp. 100-102
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  1. Part IV. a tree in my chest
  2. pp. 103-103
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  1. 46. Chestnut Tree in the Wind
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. 47. Persimmon Tree
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. 48. A Glimpse
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. 49. Discussing Life
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  1. 50. Danger
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. 51. The Blind
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  1. 52. Startle
  2. pp. 116-117
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  1. 53. You Are Not Here . . .
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. 54. Nails
  2. pp. 120-125
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  1. 55. Your Mountain Forest
  2. pp. 126-127
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  1. 56. Hawthorn Tree
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. 57. Parasitic Bacteria
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  1. 58. Lily
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  1. 59. Rose
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  1. 60. Four Kinds of Desert Plants
  2. pp. 136-139
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  1. 61. Disappear
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  1. 62. Under the Pillow
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  1. 63. Newlywed
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  1. 67. Sky Mountains
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  1. 68. Still and All, Qinghai Lake
  2. pp. 148-150
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  1. Part V. password in this night
  2. pp. 151-151
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  1. 69. Dream, Dream . . .
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  1. 70. Little
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  1. 71. To Pessoa
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  1. 72. In Maestro’s Living Room
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  1. 73. Untitled
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  1. 74. Now
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  1. 75. Secret Lover
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  1. 76. Serenade
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  1. 77. Untitled
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  1. 78. A Different Mountain
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  1. 79. The Physics of Love
  2. pp. 172-173
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  1. 80. Shadow
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  1. 81. One Thing
  2. pp. 176-177
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  1. 82. Grief
  2. pp. 178-179
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  1. 83. A Poet’s Work
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. Series Page
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