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A Phone Call from Dalian : Selected Poems of Han Dong - Dong Han

A Phone Call from Dalian

Selected Poems of Han Dong

By: Dong Han, Nicky Harman (Translator)

Paperback Published: 3rd July 2012
ISBN: 9780983297017
Number Of Pages: 144

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In a 1989 interview, Han Dong declared that he wrote poetry for nobody, not even himself. He likens the poet to a roofer: "I write poetry for the constitution of poetry, just as a roofer gives no thought to who lives in the house whose roof he is covering—he builds to meet the criteria of what a house is. Poetry is not subordinate to purposes beyond itself: its highest purpose is to be without purpose."

So–and–so's come to a sad end . . ."
In the gloom, he smiles gently, lovingly
As if to say I can rely on him in this world of nothingness
"But the thing is, we could never be sure
. . ."
"We probably should" and "Possibly". . .
Earnest words like the thread in a foster mother's hand
As she darns a monk's ragged robe
That's a story that can't be darned
"Poor man!"—The thread is knotted
But the knot in my heart tries to pass through the needle's eye
The tree leaves at dusk have an oily gleam

Han Dong was born in 1961 in Nanjing, where he continues to work as a full-time writer. He is also a respected novelist—his first, published in translation as Banished! by University of Hawai'i Press, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008.

Nicky Harman lives in the United Kingdom. Besides translation work, Harman is active on the Chinese translated fiction website Paper Republic and in literary translation organizations in the United Kingdom.

ISBN: 9780983297017
ISBN-10: 0983297010
Series: Jintian
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 3rd July 2012
Publisher: ZEPHYR PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 14.73  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23

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