Enforced Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Poems

Front Cover
Texas Review Press, Jan 31, 2019 - History - 36 pages
During China's Cultural Revolution, millions of middle school and high school graduates, called zhiqing, were sent to the countryside to receive reeducation from peasants. They dug the earth daily, with deep conviction that they would play an important role in the transformation of rural China. Jianqing Zheng's rusticated years were central to his poetic imagination in this collection.

"The poems in this collection reveal a complex narrative of China's Cultural Revolution and its Sent-Down-Youth. While each poem stands alone--graced with stunning descriptions ("At fish-belly dawn"), images ("hands fluttering / like butterflies on cotton fluffs"), and all too human struggles ("I am tired of being tired; / of being told what to do")--together they tell of a larger history."--Rita Costello

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

About the author (2019)

JIANQING ZHENG is author of The Landscape of Mind (Slapering Hol Press) and editor of African American Haiku: Cultural Visions (University Press of Mississippi). His poetry has appeared in Mississippi Review, Poetry East, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. He lives and writes in the Mississippi Delta.

Bibliographic information