Unreal city: a Chinese poet in Auckland
The essays and poetry of renowned Chinese poet Yang Lian are published in English for the first time in this scholarly collection. A selection of Lian's poems, written during his first four years in New Zealand, are offered, as are essays which provide a startlingly fresh perspective on the experience of living in Auckland. These fascinating and moving texts are accompanied by comments that further elucidate the context of Lian's works in New Zealand, Chinese, and world literature.
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Yang Lian Auckland and the Poetics of Exile
A Note on Selection and Translation
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12 Storkwinkel aspects of Yang's Auckland Domain Auckland exile Auckland landscape become Beijing Berlin bird blank space blood body bones Book of Crying Brian Holton Travelling carved China Chinese characters Chinese language Chinese word collection Crying and Forgetting Cultural Revolution darkness Dead in Exile death dislocation eclipse empty English extinct volcanoes eyes face feel fish flesh forgotten Ghost Talk Grafton Bridge Grafton Road graveyard green Gu Cheng headstone inside language laugh Lian listen living Mabel Lee massacre memory Michele Leggott mirage Murray Edmond Museum Windows night old house Old Story one's pain Paragraph person poetics of exile poetry pronouns prose pieces remember silence Sky Moves snow sound stanza stone strange Street I Look sunlight Symonds Street Cemetery Tiananmen Tiananmen Square massacre translated trees trevor hardy University of Auckland Unreal City walk walls wind Winter Garden writing written Yang's Auckland Yang's poetics Zealand poet