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Discover new poetry from China in the collection Zero Distance

In the late 90s and early years of the new millennium, a polemical battle between “intellectual writing” and “populist writing” unfolded on Chinese websites such as PoemLife. Members of the populist writing camp rallied around Yi Sha, who reveled in the rich materials of everyday life and eschewed the stylistic influence of translated Western works

‘Pei Pei the Monkey King’: Playful poetry with serious resonances

This is a book of children’s poems for adults, or perhaps one could call it a book of adult poems for a reader’s inner child. The poems articulate author Wawa’s multivalent feelings about returning to Hong Kong (and to her native language) after a sojourn abroad.