A Break in Passing Clouds: Improvisations on Chinese Poems

A Break in Passing Clouds: Improvisations on Chinese Poems


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Poetry. Art. Asian & Asian American Studies. Collages by John Digby. Text and translations from the Chinese by Hong Ai Bai. "These subtle improvisations on ancient Chinese verse will remind readers of the power of poetry to touch and revive the human spirit. Those who are unfamiliar with the work of these great poets will find John Digby and Hong Ai Bai to be superb guides to the recesses of the heart in this superbly crafted bilingual collection enlightened by their commentary. Those already conversant with its classical authors will be delighted to find in this beautiful volume a revival and reinterpretation of the longing, serenity, pain, and pleasure first expressed, long ago in their unforgettable voices."—James P. Bednarz

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ISBN-13: 9780893049874
Publisher: Cross-Cultural Communications
Publication date: 06/20/2014
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John Digby is an English-born poet and collagist specializing in archival black-and-white pure paper collage in a great variety of styles from figurative to abstract. He is the author of six books of poetry and co-author of a seminal book on archival collage materials and methods, The Collage Handbook (Thames and Hudson, 1985). More recently he founded The Feral Press, an imprint of Prehensile Pencil Publications, publishing limited editions of poetry and prose illustrated in black and white. For the past few years, he has been collaborating with Hong Ai Bai on an extensive project devoted to English improvisations of Classical Chinese poetry.

Hong Ai Bai, Ph.D of Linguistics, teaches English Writing courses in the English Department of Long Island University Post Campus, New York, USA. She published a book, Deviation in Advertising Language: a Functional Analysis (2009), three English textbooks, and 10 academic articles. As part of her interest in Chinese classical poetry, she and the English poet John Digby published seven booklets, including Du Fu's poem "Watching Gong-sun's Student Dancing Jian Qi," (2010), Bai Juyi's poems "Simple-Simple," "Losing a Slave Girl" (2011) and poems and commentaries on Chinese Cold Food Festival, horses, etc. She has given readings on Chinese poetry in various places, such as Walt Whitman's Birthplace Museum, Hutton House Lectures of LIU Post, and the Long Beach Public Library. She is also acting as Director of Asian Student Academic Support in Long Island University.

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