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Sailing to Formosa

A Poetic Companion to Taiwan

This bilingual anthology of modern Chinese poetry from and about Taiwan is arranged in thematic sections that present contrasting views of life in Taiwan. The island's dramatic history has given modern Taiwan literature a wealth of conflicting cultural, linguistic, and ideological legacies that continue to shape it. Modern Taiwan poetry draws on the developing modernism of 1920s and 1930s China, the avant-garde movements of modern Europe, and Japan's "colonial modernism," which itself was inspired by Europe. By all standards, Taiwan has produced some of the best modern poetry in Chinese.

The forty-eight poets presented here speak on a host of topics, including family and homeland, memory of war, social justice, and the natural world. Collectively, they paint a complex picture of the trauma, travails, and beauties of life in Taiwan. They represent different generations, display different styles, and express different views and positions.

With its variety of poetic voices and facing pages of Chinese and English text, Sailing to Formosa will be enjoyed by readers of foreign literature in English translation and by students of Chinese literature and language.

About the Authors

Michelle Yeh is professor of Chinese at the University of California at Davis. Among her publications is Modern Chinese Poetry: Theory and Practice since 1917. N. G. D. Malmqvist is professor emeritus at Stockholm University and a member of the Swedish Academy. He has translated numerous works into Swedish and English, including the fiction and plays of the Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian. Xu Huizhi is a poet and executive editor of the Taiwan literary monthly Unitas (Lianhe wenxue).
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