Chinese poet Yau Noi has published his first comprehensive collection of poems, The Crane: Selected Poems.
The Crane: Selected Poems, written by renowned poet Yau Noi and translated by Liu Xun and Harry Clifton, has been released as a bilingual edition on Amazon. The book is the first comprehensive collection of poems by Chinese poet Yau Noi to be printed in English. He was also known as Wa Lan, which was an earlier alias.
Like many of his generation, the Chinese poet Yau Noi crossed two very different Chinas. He was born and raised on a modest farm in Jiangsu province in southern China, but later learned the complexity of an increasingly urbanized world. Later, as a young man in the late 1980s, he spoke of the significant changes China was going through during those turbulent years.
Yau Noi’s poetry draws inspiration from Surrealism and ‘Misty’ poets who challenged the limits of art during the Cultural Revolution and tells of distinct ‘Before’, ‘During’ and ‘After’ periods. It serves as an account of his journey as well as the path of his nation.
The poet now resides in Hong Kong. Some of his previously published works include Feng Ju (1993), The Poetry of Wa Lan (2002) and Selected Poems of Yau Noi (2022). His works have been translated into Swedish. The Crane is Yau Noi’s first comprehensive poetry collection in English translation.
The poems written by Yau Noi are extremely engaging and distinctive in their style. It offers readers a glimpse into the era that spawned them. The poet wants readers to go beyond the written words and look into the poem. Chinese poets of the 20th century avoided the cataclysm of the Chinese language. However, Yau Noi, in his poems, Yau Noi responds to these changes in Chinese poetic tradition.
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About Yau Noi:
Yau Noi, Chinese poet, has experienced two very different Chinas. He was raised on a small farm in Jiangsu province in southern China, where he was born and raised, but eventually discovered the complexity of an increasingly urbanized world. Later, as a young man in the late 1980s, he began to talk about the profound changes China was going through at that time.
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