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Abyss - 9781938890215

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A seminal work from the second wave of Chinese modernism.

So great is Ya Hsien's influence on younger generations of Taiwanese and Chinese writers that he is sometimes referred to simply as "The Poet." Yet he never wrote a second book after Abyss appeared in an expanded edition in 1971. This single book's variety and virtuosity have made it a modern classic and the poet something of a legend. A new documentary, "Ya Hsien: A Life that Sings," was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival.

Under the Barber Pole

The barbers sing

Always it's the same wheat-harvest festival
Always an abundance of rye without ears
Always it is reaped, reaped
On the land of inspiration
A small southern path leads to ears of grain
And it's also a kind of horticultural school
A kind of beauty
A kind of agricultural reform
A kind of taste for something other than Greek sculpture

The barbers sing

Ya Hsien's poetry runs the gamut from realism to surrealism, incorporating elements of folksong and modernist poetics, expressing a wide emotional range, and deftly capturing the critical spirit of the times. The sixty poems are divided into seven sections that present differing styles and themes, including "Wartime," "Songs without Music", and "Wild Water Chestnuts." The pen name Ya Hsien (his given name is Wang Ching-Lin) means "mute string." Ya Hsien lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Award-winning translator John Balcom lives in Monterey, California.

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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Ya Hsien, John Balcom
    Format:
    Paperback
    Pages:
    112
    Publisher:
    Zephyr Press (December 13, 2016)
    Language:
    English
    ISBN-13:
    9781938890215
    ISBN-10:
    1938890213
    Weight:
    7.5oz
    Dimensions:
    6" x 8"
    Case Pack:
    80
    File:
    Eloquence-Perseus_CBSD_02012017_complete_onix21-20170203.xml
    Folder:
    Eloquence
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    $11.10
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