Nameless Flowers: Selected Poems of Gu Cheng

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"Regarded as China's finest contemporary poet, Gu Cheng (1956-1993) has captivated and enthralled readers world wide, spanning many generations. While critics called him the harbinger of a troubled and new Obscure movement, a generation who had come of age during the Cultural Revolution were taking his poems to heart." Nameless Flowers: Selected Poems of Gu Cheng traces the poetry of Gu Cheng from the lurid early lyrics that made him a literary star to the late expressions of dark beauty that predicted his second exile and tragic death. Though
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Overview

"Regarded as China's finest contemporary poet, Gu Cheng (1956-1993) has captivated and enthralled readers world wide, spanning many generations. While critics called him the harbinger of a troubled and new Obscure movement, a generation who had come of age during the Cultural Revolution were taking his poems to heart." Nameless Flowers: Selected Poems of Gu Cheng traces the poetry of Gu Cheng from the lurid early lyrics that made him a literary star to the late expressions of dark beauty that predicted his second exile and tragic death. Though rooted in classical Chinese, particularly the Taoism of Chuang Tzu, Gu Cheng's poems show traces of western influences as diverse as Whitman, Lorca, and entomologist Jean Henri Fabre. His poems embrace animate and inanimate beings from the vast Chinese masses and Mongolian plains down to insects and pebbles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807615485
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/17/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,166,724
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Regarded as China's finest contemporary poet, Gu Cheng (1956-1993) has captivated readers worldwide.

Translator and poet Aaron Crippen lectured for six years at Shanghai International Studies University and Jilin University in Changchun, China. His translations of Gu Cheng's work received the American Translators Association Student Award in 2001.

Hai Bo, an artist living in Beijing, has exhibited at the 2001
Venice Biennale, the Arles Recontres de la Photographie in 2003, and the Max Protech Gallery in New York in 2004.

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Table of Contents

Poplar 19
Nameless flowers 19
Life fantasy 20
A generation 22
The finish 22
The gaze 23
Photography 23
Lotus flower peak 23
Oyster 24
Fossil 25
Blinking 27
To Andersen 28
The martyred - the hopeful 29
The path 32
Martyrdom 33
Water country 34
Huadiao soliloquy 38
Love me, ocean 40
Prayer 42
Road 43
Copper-colored cloud 45
Far and near 48
The alley 48
Valediction 49
Avoidance 49
Parting thoughts 50
Feeling 50
I seek you 53
From The world and I 54
Evasion 59
Curriculum Vitae 60
Farewell, cemetery 61
Say no more, I'll not submit 68
The snow's smile 70
I sing my own song 72
Anonymous grass 73
Premature seedling 75
The return (1) 76
Summer's start 77
I'm a willful child 79
We believed 82
Horse carts 83
The prairie 84
Discrimination 85
For my departed grandmother (1) 86
In this broad bright world 87
The return (2) 88
It was a loess road in winter 89
Legal case 90
One of my springs 91
I can breathe like the green grass 92
Two souls' chorus 93
For my departed grandmother (2) 97
Old man (1) 99
Back 100
The Buddha speaks 102
Life's aspiring 103
An imperialist soldier's judgment day 104
Sometimes I really feel 105
The outskirts 106
Villagers 107
On the sinister side of night 108
Summer outside the pane 109
Dream garden 110
At the door 111
The coming 115
Sleeping soundly in daytime 116
Against the current 117
The marionette art 119
I once was the smallest flame in the fire 121
Safe on the strait 123
Old man (2) 124
Strange land 126
The pure land 127
Poverty has a chilly nose 128
Expansion 129
I admit 130
A deserted village 130
Maybe I am blind 131
Zoo snake 132
I am still reaping that golden tobacco 133
Ark 134
After the air raid 134
The source 135
River mouth 136
Account 137
A world of odes 137
Nature 138
A "movement" 138
The experiment 139
Mistake 139
The soul has a lonely dwelling 140
The beginning of chaos 140
It is the trees' power to swim 141
Wildcat 141
The stopping 142
Zhitang 143
Arrow 144
Thoroughfare 145
Grave bed 146
The God says 146
Gu Cheng and poetry 163
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