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Canyon in the Body (English and Simplified Chinese)

Lan Lan, Translated from Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Publication Year: 2013

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

Published by: Chinese University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-viii

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I Speak to Rivers and Silence — Lyricism in Lan Lan’s Poetry

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pp. ix-xix

Lyrical poetry is a confident art that moves outward and into difficult realms. It contains a fleeting glimpse of the familiar order in a studied arrangement that defines its stylistic life. But surely, even apologists for this art, “hearers and hearteners of the work,”1 know how impossible it must be to commit to this practice without the urgency of social preoccupations and intellectual drive: will lyrical poetry stand in danger of being perceived as “pleasing words or sounds,” devoid of an immediate rhetoric, a sustained sense of narrative gravity and architecture? ...

Short Lines

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pp. xx-xxii

Part I. indeed

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p. 1-1

1. Vérité

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pp. 2-3

2. Please Discuss Happiness with Me

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pp. 4-5

3. Inside Eternity . . .

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pp. 6-7

4. Blue Pill

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pp. 8-9

5. Poets Are Useless

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pp. 10-11

6. Studying History

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pp. 12-13

7. Death of a Cobbler

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pp. 14-15

8. My Pen

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pp. 16-17

9. Shock

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pp. 18-19

10. Insomnia

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pp. 20-21

11. What Is More Is Silence

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pp. 22-23

12. Train, Train

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pp. 24-25

13. Unfinished Voyage

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pp. 26-30

Part II. a weight and a balance

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p. 31-31

14. Reason for Everything

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pp. 32-33

15. You Are

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pp. 34-35

16. Man of Few Possessions

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pp. 36-37

17. I Am Other Things

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pp. 38-39

18. Lizard

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pp. 40-41

19. An Ear of Grain

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pp. 42-43

20. Will There Be a Tree

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pp. 44-45

21. Reality

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pp. 46-47

22. Meditations

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pp. 48-49

23. Now, Untouchable

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pp. 50-53

24. A Few Grains of Sand

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pp. 54-57

25. Change

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pp. 58-59

26. Standard Law

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pp. 60-62

Part III. canyon in the body

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p. 63-63

27. Carpenter in the Thick of Wood Shavings . . .

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pp. 64-65

28. Siesta

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pp. 66-67

29. Only . . .

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pp. 68-69

30. Dusk

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pp. 70-71

31. Nothingness

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pp. 72-73

32. Mother

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pp. 74-75

33. The Start of Autumn

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pp. 76-77

34. Lost

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pp. 78-79

35. Wind

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pp. 80-81

36. Concerning Scenery

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pp. 82-83

37. Firefly

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pp. 84-85

38. Ruins of the Great River Village

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pp. 86-87

39. A Shuddering Gust of Wind

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pp. 88-89

40. In My Village

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pp. 90-91

41. In Xiaodian

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pp. 92-93

42. Et cetera . . .

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pp. 94-95

43. Travel

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pp. 96-97

44. Wild Sunflower

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pp. 98-99

45. Singer

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pp. 100-102

Part IV. a tree in my chest

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p. 103-103

46. Chestnut Tree in the Wind

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pp. 104-105

47. Persimmon Tree

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pp. 106-107

48. A Glimpse

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pp. 108-109

49. Discussing Life

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pp. 110-111

50. Danger

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pp. 112-113

51. The Blind

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pp. 114-115

52. Startle

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pp. 116-117

53. You Are Not Here . . .

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pp. 118-119

54. Nails

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pp. 120-125

55. Your Mountain Forest

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pp. 126-127

56. Hawthorn Tree

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pp. 128-129

57. Parasitic Bacteria

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pp. 130-131

58. Lily

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pp. 132-133

59. Rose

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pp. 134-135

60. Four Kinds of Desert Plants

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pp. 136-139

61. Disappear

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pp. 140-141

62. Under the Pillow

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pp. 142-143

63. Newlywed

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pp. 144-145

67. Sky Mountains

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pp. 146-147

68. Still and All, Qinghai Lake

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pp. 148-150

Part V. password in this night

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p. 151-151

69. Dream, Dream . . .

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pp. 152-153

70. Little

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pp. 154-155

71. To Pessoa

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pp. 156-157

72. In Maestro’s Living Room

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pp. 158-159

73. Untitled

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pp. 160-161

74. Now

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pp. 162-163

75. Secret Lover

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pp. 164-165

76. Serenade

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pp. 166-167

77. Untitled

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pp. 168-169

78. A Different Mountain

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pp. 170-171

79. The Physics of Love

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pp. 172-173

80. Shadow

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pp. 174-175

81. One Thing

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pp. 176-177

82. Grief

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pp. 178-179

83. A Poet’s Work

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pp. 180-182

Notes

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pp. 183-184

Series Page

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E-ISBN-13: 9789629968755
E-ISBN-10: 9629968754
Print-ISBN-13: 9789629966119
Print-ISBN-10: 9629966115

Page Count: 208
Illustrations: N
Publication Year: 2013