Words as Grain

New and Selected Poems

Duo Duo; Translated from the Chinese and Edited by Lucas Klein

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An authoritative new collection by one of China's most lauded poets 

A leading poet from the Cultural Revolution to the present day, Duo Duo is one of China’s most influential contemporary writers. He began writing in the 1970s. His poetic vision matured in Beijing in the 1980s and during his exile in the 1990s following the Tiananmen Square Massacre, finally bursting into full bloom with his return home in 2004.
Responding to the Chinese political landscape with his investigations into language and an idiosyncratic take on the Zen Buddhist tradition, Duo Duo writes poetry for poets. In exacting translations by award-winning translator Lucas Klein, this career-spanning anthology features Duo Duo’s entire oeuvre since his return to China, as well as a selection of his early poems, presenting nearly five decades of work from “a resolute seer of some of the most basic, universal human values” (Mai Mang, Neustadt Prize Ceremony).

Duo Duo is the pen name of Li Shizheng. He is one of the most prominent contemporary Chinese poets today. He lives in Beijing. Lucas Klein is a writer and award-winning translator. He lives in Arizona.

"Duo Duo is foremost among a group of first-rate Chinese poets who deserve serious attention and recognition in the West."—Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Executive Director, World Literature Today

“Hard-hitting yet elusive, Duo Duo’s poetry speaks to body and soul alike. Klein’s translations are uncompromising and gripping, just like the source texts. This writing is inimitable. Words as Grain gives pride of place to a truly unique voice in poetry.”—Maghiel van Crevel
ISBN: 9780300227390
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
256 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
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