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A selection from the lifework of the internationally renowned poet Bei Dao, who is “like reading Chekhov or Turgenev reflected in a porcelain bowl” (The Times [London]).
this moment leads to the door of rebirth
the door opens to the sea
the rose of time
The Rose of Time: New & Selected Poems presents a glowing selection of poetry by contemporary China’s most celebrated poet, Bei Dao. From his earliest work, Bei Dao developed a wholly original poetic language composed of mysterious and arresting images tuned to a distinctive musical key. This collection spans Bei Dao’s entire writing life, from his first book to appear in English, The August Sleepwalker, published a year after the Tiananmen tragedy, to the increasingly interior and complex poems of Landscape Over Zero and Unlock, to new never-before-published work. This bilingual edition also includes a prefatory note by the poet, and a brief afterword by the editor Eliot Weinberger. A must-read book from a seminal poet who has been translated into over thirty languages.
“Bei Dao uses words as if he were fighting for his life with them.... [He] has found a way to speak to all of us.” — Jonathan Spence, The New York Times Book Review
“Bei Dao’s writing provides ample evidence of the written word’s potential to effect political change.” — Andrew Ervin, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“His poems are intense, elegant and impressionistic.” — Dwight Garner, The New York Times Arts Beat