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Language for a New Century Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond : Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond - Tina Chang

Language for a New Century Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond

Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond

By: Tina Chang (Editor), Nathalie Handal (Editor), Ravi Shankar (Editor)

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Language for a New Century celebrates the artistic and cultural forces flourishing today in the East, bringing together an unprecedented selection of works by South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian poets as well as poets living in the Diaspora. Some poets, such as Bei Dao and Mahmoud Darwish, are acclaimed worldwide, but many more will be new to the reader. The collection includes 400 unique voices-political and apolitical, monastic and erotic-that represent a wider artistic movement that challenges thousand-year-old traditions, broadening our notion of contemporary literature.Each section of the anthology-organized by theme rather than by national affiliation-is preceded by a personal essay from the editors that introduces the poetry and exhorts readers to examine their own identities in light of these powerful poems. In an age of violence and terrorism, often predicated by cultural ignorance, this anthology is a bold declaration of shared humanity and devotion to the transformative power of art.

A Note on Surnamesp. 1
In the Grasp of Childhood Fieldsp. 1
Ode to My Mother's Hairp. 9
Elegy for Pure Musicp. 11
Exile Housep. 14
Directions to My Imaginary Childhoodp. 15
Homeworkp. 16
String Theoryp. 17
In Praise of Goldbergp. 18
"Our cries, she used to say"p. 19
The Road Backp. 20
The Blue Flowerp. 20
Suzhou Parkp. 21
The Shaping Clayp. 22
Overhearing Waterp. 23
Turning Pointp. 25
Proofp. 27
Eskimo Paradisep. 29
Practical Aimp. 32
In My Mother's Dreamp. 33
A Child Who Returned from There Told Usp. 37
The Habit of Hungerp. 39
Tiger skinsp. 40
My Sister, Who Died Young, Takes Up The Taskp. 41
Things That Are Full of Pleasure -p. 42
Dismantling the Wayang Stagep. 43
from Bodhinabha: The Sky Visionp. 44
"The portrait of the father"p. 44
The Age of My Fatherp. 45
The Walkp. 45
Depths of Fieldp. 47
Parsed into Colorsp. 49
Dance Musicp. 58
The Wandererp. 58
Two Voicesp. 61
Motown/Smokey Robinsonp. 63
Tired of Soliloquiesp. 64
Star, Bird & Autumnp. 65
Stars and the Dawnp. 65
The Way of a River, The Forest, Nightp. 66
Deadp. 67
excerpts from "A Man of the Port"p. 68
Postcards of Old Hong Kongp. 70
Exilep. 71
Postoperative Complications Following the Extraction of Memoryp. 72
Warm Inspirationp. 73
Firearmp. 74
About the White Boys Who Drove By a Second Time to Throw a Bucket of Water on Mep. 75
The Boy Who Had Eleven Toesp. 76
She Comes with Horns and Tailp. 78
Plucking Flowersp. 78
I Sing of Equalityp. 79
Leaning My Shoulder to the Sunp. 81
At Last I Turn My Backp. 81
It's a Mineral, the Mindp. 82
Rum and Snowp. 83
Exilep. 84
Lifting the Hagar Heelp. 84
Water Is Waterp. 85
Genesisp. 86
Chicagop. 86
Wanton with Jamesp. 87
We Travelp. 88
An Injured Tomcat in an Empty Sackp. 89
Everythingp. 90
excerpt from "Little Wars"p. 91
Poem 240p. 92
Is This You or the Tale?p. 93
excerpt from "Wonders Never Cease"p. 95
Insignificant Womanp. 96
Floating on Fifthp. 97
Cyclep. 98
Squirrels in Washingtonp. 99
excerpt from "The Spell of Blazing Trees"p. 100
"For they are at the center of my life"p. 101
The Butcherp. 103
The Lonely Woman's Roomp. 106
Paradises, Soldiers, and Stagsp. 108
Immigrant Bluesp. 109
The Analysis of Yearning (Garod)p. 110
Scavenging on Double Bluffp. 112
Slips and Atmosphericsp. 115
Knowingp. 124
Genderolep. 126
Ontology of Chang and Eng, the Original Siamese Twinsp. 127
Sentencesp. 129
The Anchored Angelp. 130
excerpt from "What Was Not Conceivable"p. 132
The Alphabetp. 133
Thenp. 134
from The Screensp. 135
The River of the Cyclopsp. 137
A Brazen Statep. 138
Safetyp. 138
Scene: a Loomp. 140
The Eglantine Dealp. 140
By the Light of a Single Wormp. 142
Tonight While the Stars are Shimmering (New World Duet)p. 143
In the Fourth Year of The Plaguep. 144
The Hands Againp. 146
311 Series 2 (Turkish Red)*p. 146
Haikup. 148
Lightsp. 150
Quarterly Report No. 7: Epiphytes and Vetiver Controlp. 151
Oval Ghostp. 152
excerpt from BlipSoak01p. 153
A Talismanp. 155
Stereoscopesp. 156
Pausesp. 157
The World's a Printing Housep. 157
Insomniap. 159
Snowp. 161
The Poem - The Miragep. 163
Strategistp. 164
Dreamweaversp. 165
Texas in the Afternoonp. 166
enchantressp. 167
excerpts from "Anthology of Notes"p. 168
Languagep. 171
Customs Housep. 171
A poem, long overduep. 173
You Hear Me Jim Morrison?p. 174
The Forests of Yellow Bamboo Treesp. 175
DJ Camlp. 176
Index of Creaturesp. 177
Notations on the Prospects for Peacep. 179
Loose Strife with Apiaryp. 182
from The Bodyp. 182
Proust in the Watersp. 187
Earth of Drowned Godsp. 189
America, Americap. 197
A Word for Freedomp. 201
Gigantep. 202
I Could Forget All Thisp. 204
After Long Thinkingp. 205
Spiritus Mundip. 206
An Argument About Horsesp. 208
My Freedomp. 210
In the Labor Market at Giang Vop. 211
Flying Garbagep. 212
Our Landp. 213
White Liep. 215
Crow-Shootersp. 215
nothin to wastep. 216
Amazing Gracep. 217
Python in the Mallp. 219
Ahalyap. 220
excerpt from "Return"p. 221
Give me Bhaat, Bastardp. 222
Eating Fried Chickenp. 224
From Exile to Exilep. 224
Letters from Exilep. 225
Apology to Orhan Pamukp. 226
Facing a Nationp. 227
A Moral Climatep. 228
A Dusty Skullp. 229
The Silencedp. 230
Dark Associationsp. 231
Thinking Americanp. 231
Tremblingp. 232
Signaturep. 233
A Woman Reflects on Mutabilityp. 234
Politicsp. 236
At the Back of Progress...p. 237
The Poet's Voicep. 238
Hill Stationp. 239
When People Rise from Cheese, Statement #1p. 241
At the Staircasep. 241
Fallen Leavesp. 242
In Jerusalemp. 245
The Disappearancesp. 246
Buffaloes Under Dark Waterp. 249
The Islandsp. 259
Physicsp. 259
Sun Massp. 262
[section]p. 262
Many Are Calledp. 263
Bluep. 265
Tercets from The Book of Revelationp. 266
Proximityp. 271
Rain and Stormp. 272
Haikup. 273
The Poson Moonp. 274
The Sentry at Mutianyu Speaks to the Astronautp. 275
A Dreamp. 276
Vertigop. 276
All of Themp. 277
The Weddingp. 277
Labrador Teap. 279
Scoop Up the Seap. 280
Gathering Stormp. 280
The Dead Boyp. 282
excerpt from "Signs"p. 283
White Moonp. 283
A Thin Linep. 284
The Poet's Lunchp. 285
The Rest of the Poemp. 285
Horsep. 285
excerpt from "Tales of a Severed Head"p. 286
Mohn Des Gedachtnisp. 287
Weepingp. 288
Woman Translating, or La Belle Infidelep. 289
Night Scenep. 290
Travel Again - The Time I Am Heading For Is Mayp. 291
To Scuttle the Moonp. 292
Blue Raysp. 292
excerpt from "Butterfly Valley"p. 294
The Deserted Cafep. 295
Nightp. 296
Origin & Ashp. 296
A Place Like Waterp. 298
Climbing Mt. Irayap. 299
Carpet Gardenp. 301
from The Wolf Girls of Midnapurep. 302
The Wolves Are Roaringp. 304
Crocodilesp. 305
Four Poems from Panjore DanRer Shabda (Oars in My Ribs)p. 306
Songp. 307
The Black Henp. 307
A Revisitp. 308
Skyp. 308
Mothp. 309
It Can't Ever See - The Skyp. 310
Aboutp. 311
excerpts from "Turtle Island Aria II"p. 312
Of Sea Wayfarersp. 313
Spiderp. 314
She Who Threads the Skiesp. 315
The City of Wrecked Shipsp. 315
Antelopep. 316
Depth: A Sonnetp. 317
Autobiography of Nightp. 318
excerpt from "What Some Are Saying About The Body"p. 318
Apostrophe in the Scripturep. 321
Angina Pectorisp. 330
Gujarat 2002p. 331
excerpts from "Diary of Beirut Under Siege, 1982"p. 331
excerpts from "Eulogy World"p. 333
Nallur, 1982p. 334
Camouflage Costumesp. 336
Burning Eden One Branch at a Timep. 337
Bomb Crater Skyp. 337
Casa Blanca 1991p. 338
Once Again the Mindp. 340
I Was Not One of the Six Million. And What Is the Span of My Life? Open Shut Openp. 341
Pham Hong Thaip. 344
A Kind of Happinessp. 344
The Pecan Leavesp. 345
Black Horsesp. 347
Lineupp. 349
Recitalp. 350
North South East Westp. 353
excerpts from "Letter in Winter"p. 354
Mindful Breathingp. 357
Coming Home at Nightp. 358
Blow Jobp. 359
At Leastp. 359
Blind Boatsp. 360
Greatest Wish Songp. 361
One Evening in a Cafep. 362
Time Consoled in the Stonep. 363
Eleven Rudrasp. 364
The Fall of Culturep. 366
If There Were No Warp. 367
Into Olive Leavesp. 368
In Answer to Father's Letterp. 370
Southp. 371
One Morning, in the LA Timesp. 373
Ssitkim Kut - A wandering spirit's songp. 374
The Word PEACEp. 375
War Symphonyp. 376
This House, My Bonesp. 377
A Blank Letterp. 386
Just Wordsp. 386
Banalata Senp. 388
excerpts from "Misfortune"p. 389
Lucky Menp. 392
Beyond the Seven Hillsp. 393
excerpt from 'An Inquest"p. 395
Kathmandup. 395
Homeland, Once More, I'll Build Youp. 398
Cedarsp. 399
The Story of My Countryp. 400
Chikin Hekkap. 401
Deathsleepp. 402
Summer Roofp. 404
Cursed Housep. 405
Ode to Bombayp. 406
In Waterp. 406
The Weyp. 407
On Encountering Sorrowp. 408
No One Belonging to Mep. 414
The Dumpp. 415
Smallp. 415
excerpts from Against the Wildernessp. 417
Black Mapp. 418
Washing the Grainp. 419
POP SONG 1 "At Home in Hong Kong" 1964p. 420
Carpet Weaverp. 421
Istanbulp. 422
Filipinezap. 423
The Eastern Poemp. 424
Ma'reb Speaksp. 425
Two Voicesp. 425
Your Hands Guide Me Through Trainsp. 427
Train Stationp. 428
Middayp. 429
I Want My Soil Backp. 430
The Fatherp. 430
Gondwana Rocksp. 431
Jeepneyp. 432
In the Third Countryp. 434
Bedouinp. 435
In the Arab Housep. 436
Eighteen Haiku for Xiamenp. 437
The Neighbor's Geesep. 439
Kabul Behind My Windowp. 441
At the Hamlet of Gulestanehp. 442
The Black Roomp. 443
A Talep. 444
Mandelstam in Armenia, 1930p. 445
Desert Yearsp. 446
The Korean Community Gardenp. 448
The Nomad IIIp. 450
Dying for a Himalayan Dreamp. 450
This House, My Bonesp. 451
Bowl of Air and Shiversp. 455
To Godp. 464
One more sayp. 464
A Vision of St. Clarep. 465
Tian Qiao / Sky Bridgep. 466
How Middle-Eastern Singing Was Bornp. 467
Quietlyp. 469
A Talep. 469
excerpts from Flowers of a Momentp. 470
Natural Science Teacherp. 474
The forest last dayp. 474
A Screamp. 476
Phosphorusp. 477
Song of Krishna (5)p. 478
Foreign Flagsp. 479
The Hillp. 480
Beginningp. 481
Reunionp. 482
Stammerp. 484
Grand Days Have Gone By Herp. 485
Seven Sparksp. 486
Tuviap. 487
excerpt from "Tutka Roi Sai (Sand Trace Doll)"p. 489
Sacred Riverp. 489
Valley of Marvelsp. 490
Yamoussoukro, With Cathedralp. 491
Midnight, on the Fifth Day of the Fourth Month in the Tibetan Calendarp. 494
Breaking Karmap. 495
Retaliationp. 496
Cloudsp. 497
excerpt from "The Wolf's Hour"p. 498
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ISBN: 9780393332384
ISBN-10: 0393332381
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 784
Published: 17th April 2008
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.5  x 3.5
Edition Number: 1