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I Can Almost See The Clouds of Dust

Selected Poetry of Yu Xiang

Translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Publication Year: 2013

Yu Xiang comfortably inhabits the negative space between viewer and subject, artist and artwork, the lover and her beloved in this acrobatic, ekphrastic, meditatively-compelling collection. Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s crisp translation invites American readers to experience Yu Xiang’s poetic mastery half a world away from its formative origins in the Shandong province, bringing into focus the voice of one of China’s most celebrated and memorable female voices. “I have a lonely yet / stable life,” Yu admits at one point in the book. “This is my house. If / you happen to walk in, it’s certainly not / for my rambling notes.” Yu Xiang disarms her reader with exacting imagery and pathos in order to tell the aching, unavoidable truth of womanhood in these striking poems. —Dorianne Laux

Published by: Chinese University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 1-4

Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Foreward: My Children Will Return Me to Solitude

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pp. ix-xvi

Children — this is how Yu Xiang refers to her poems. Invested with affection and enigma, her rhetoric enacts metaphor and misnomer. Should one assume innocence or maternity in Yu’s poetry, reading “Satan” or “It Goes Without Saying” sets off an immediate mix of thrill and shock. ...

I . You’re Simply Chez Moi

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pp. 1-18

II. This Person Is Vanishing

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pp. 19-36

III. Hanging in Mid-Air, My Heart Does not Fall

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pp. 37-52

IV. With a Nose That Always Points Straight Ahead

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pp. 53-68

V. The Rotten and the Fresh, Both Can’t Live Anew

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pp. 69-78

VI. Now I Plan to Retire, As a Harmless Everyman

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pp. 79-86

VII. Our Body Shapes Stick Together

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pp. 87-108

VIII. A Severed Finger That Performs for Dead Spirits

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pp. 109-124

IX. Kept for Oneself

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pp. 125-134

X. If I Can Indeed Have a Background

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pp. 135-150

Notes

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pp. 151-152


E-ISBN-13: 9789629969196
Print-ISBN-13: 9789629965495

Page Count: 168
Illustrations: N
Publication Year: 2013