Concentric Circles

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Yang Lian has written that Concentric Circles is 'the most important piece since I came out of China', and that it is emphatically not a political work, but instead a work focused on 'deep reality' and the nature of how humans understand that reality through the medium of language. The book, like its sections, uses a kind of collage, where many small fragments, each complete in itself, are aligned together in a series of patterns to form a grander mosaic: from line to line, poem to poem, cycle to cycle, in ...
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Overview

Yang Lian has written that Concentric Circles is 'the most important piece since I came out of China', and that it is emphatically not a political work, but instead a work focused on 'deep reality' and the nature of how humans understand that reality through the medium of language. The book, like its sections, uses a kind of collage, where many small fragments, each complete in itself, are aligned together in a series of patterns to form a grander mosaic: from line to line, poem to poem, cycle to cycle, in ever-widening concentric structures, 'to transform the diachronic life-experiences into the synchronic poetry'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852247034
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Pages: 111
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Moved once again by an ancient betrayal - by way of a preface to Concentric circles 9
1 'Fear of cold ...' 17
2 'There is always ...' 18
3 'Fear ...' 19
4 'Poetry ...' 20
5 'Autumn vibrates ...' 21
Until 22
Then 24
Since 25
'Whoever is ruin...' 26
It was 30
January of the dead 31
7 Mulinen Strasse 32
Midnight letter 33
The garden of transmigration 34
Life this word 35
[actual symbol not reproducible] 36
[actual symbol not reproducible] 37
[actual symbol not reproducible] 38
[actual symbol not reproducible] 39
It is 40
January of the living 41
Schloss solitude 42
Midnight letter 43
The transmigration of gardens 44
I Feather door 46
II Rondo and counterpoint 48
III Capella tower 52
Constructed ground 59
Repeated comedy 60
A labyrinth gradually growing 62
A labyrinth gradually growing 64
A labyrinth gradually growing 66
A labyrinth gradually growing 68
Repeated ground 70
Constructed comedy 71
Talking 77
Sway 78
Questioning 79
Lies 80
Obituary 81
Knowing 83
Poetry 84
Earth 86
Altar 87
Gaia 88
Tomb 89
Place 90
Ruins 91
Poetry 92
Inch 94
Time 95
Grab 96
Yes 97
Shoot 98
Seek 99
Poetry 100
Brian Holton : driving to the harbour of heaven : translating Yang Lian's Concentric circles 103
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