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Liao Yiwu: A Dirge for Liu Xiaobo

Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, now living in exile in Berlin,  shared on his Twitter feed on August 11 his poem mourning the death of his friend Liu Xiaobo in China and the desperate situation of his wife Liu Xia now apparently … Continue reading

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2011: Debunked “Du Fu” Poem That Criticized Chinese Government Proved Prophetic

This poem misrepresented as Du Fu’s 杜甫《蜀中吟》seems to have been devised to plague the regime by some mischievous literary people. The noxious weed appeared on some Chinese websites this spring was detected by China’s literary guardians. Xiao Qiang’s China Digital … Continue reading

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2010: Gao Ye Poem Dedicated to Victims of Mao Zedong Who Took Their Own Lives

Several hundred thousand Chinese were condemned as rightists in the late 1950s because they disagreed with, were believed to disagree with, some aspect of Chinese Communist ideology or policy.  Some were simply the victims of powerful people. Many died or … Continue reading

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Chairman Mao’s Poetry Classnotes Auctioned Off

Art Daily recently carried a story Rare handwritten notes by Chairman Mao of the utmost rarity on the international market “LONDON.- A remarkable collection of handwritten notes by Chairman Mao, of the utmost rarity on the international market, will be offered for … Continue reading

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Bai Juyi’s Zen Poem ‘Flowers are not Flowers’

A Zen poem by Bai Juyi 白居易 aka “The Hermit of Xiangshan”   香山居士 Flowers are not Flowers    Flowers are not flowers Mists are not mists. Like shadowy appearances coming at midnight And leaving at first light They come like … Continue reading

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Liu Xia’s Poem Written for her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo : I Am Tired

Liu Xia’s poem dated September 2016 was addressed to her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo.  I saw the poem on the Facebook page of Chengdu writer Liao Yiwu who now lives in Berlin. I Am Tired I am tired I am … Continue reading

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A Poem by Late Qing Chinese Patriot Tan Sitong

While reading Kong Linping’s 孔令平  memoir Bloody Chronicles  血纪 of his long imprisonment after the Great Leap Forward, I came across Kong’s quote of  executed poet-statesman Tan Sitong‘s 1896 poem “My Feelings”.   My translation below. My Feelings Nothing in … Continue reading

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