Comments received for New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry 1990-2012 (Tupelo Press, May 30, 2013)
(Note: quite a few good poets from 1990-2012 period were not included, unfortunately, due to various reasons such as copyright issues or late submissions. We hope to expand the anthology in 2016. MD)
This is not just another anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry. Ming Di and her outstanding team of poets, critics, and translators here introduce the Anglophone reader to the distinctive, complex, and highly sophisticated landscape of recent Chinese poetry. No longer the Misty (or post-Misty) oppositional poetry that depended perhaps too fully on Western forms and modes, the “New Poetry” of what Ming Di calls the “Silver Age” is characterized by a highly original syncretism—at once classically inspired and au courant, at once familiar with Baudelaire and Rimbaud and yet rooted in contemporary Chinese thought and culture. Ming Di’s superb Preface provides the necessary historical background for this New New Poetry, and her introductions are remarkable not only for the information they provide but for an unusual candor: the editor does not claim each of her twenty-five poets is equally successful. The interviews at the back of the book bear this out: the poets speak candidly about their relationships to earlier movements, Western influences, critical theory today, and the state of the art. No one interested in poetry can fail to be charmed and intrigued by the exciting, wide-ranging, and yet always uniquely “Chinese” poetry presented in these pages.
I have long awaited such a rich and vibrant anthology as New Cathay, a generous sampling of contemporary Chinese poetry (1990–2012) which has evolved from drastic social and political change and now thrives like a great tree grown out of the dawn of the modern era, through the Mao years and the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, and into the complex, variegated structures of China today. The poems represent a poetic culture exploring anew its own ancient literature as well as the modern and contemporary poetry of Europe and the Americas . An engaging preface by editor-translator Ming Di and interviews with the poets frame translations that render not only the gist and pith but also the spirit and emotional tone of the originals, …
–威廉·奥戴里William O’Daly （美国诗人，著名翻译家，雷克斯雷斯的学生，聂鲁达八册诗集英译者）
It is time for cultures and people to engage and dialogue through poetry… New Cathay is an impressive collection of contemporary Chinese poetry that contributes new and provocative voices to our global conversation through poetry. Thanks to Ming Di and her cadre of accomplished poet-translators, every poem in this collection has been recreated as a poem in English and therefore remains a stirring experience even in translation.
–夏蕾·沃尔普Sholeh Wolpé （伊朗裔美国诗人，翻译家，文学编辑）
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