Fragile Kingdom: Chinese Insect Poems

Fragile Kingdom: Chinese Insect Poems

by John Digby, Hong Ai Bai


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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. This book is a bilingual (Chinese-English) collection of classical Chinese poems about insects. Selected and translated by Hong Ai Bai & John Digby. Illustrated and edited by Joan Digby.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780893046408
Publisher: Cross Cultural Communications / New Feral Press
Publication date: 06/10/2018
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Hong Ai Bai, PhD in Linguistics, has been teaching at English and Foreign Language departments of Long Island University Post campus and the Communication Department of the University of Colorado Denver, International College Beijing. She has published a book, Deviation in Advertising Language: A Functional Analysis (2009), three English textbooks, and ten academic articles. As part of her interest in Chinese classical poetry, she and the English poet John Digby have published a series of translation on classic Chinese poems, A BREAK IN PASSING CLOUDS (2014), PASSING MEMORIES: A COLLECTION OF CHINESE POEMS ON COLD FOOD FESTIVAL (2016), CHINESE BIRD POEMS (2016), CHINESE EMPEROR POEMS (2017), CHINESE FLOWER POEMS (2017), FRAGILE KINGDOM: CHINESE INSECT POEMS (2018), and more. She has also been giving readings on Chinese poetry in various places, such as the Walt Whitman's Birthplace Museum, Hutton House Lectures of LIU Post, and the Long Beach Public Library. In addition, she has provided presentations at several international conferences on Chinese poetry translation.

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 material 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 (www.pp- For the past few years, he has been collaborating wih Hong Ai Bai on an extensive project devoted to English improvisation of classical Chinese poetry. From 2014, they published a series of books on various themes, such as Chinese Cold Food Festival, nature, horses, women, emperors, flowers, birds, and more.

Table of Contents

I Butterflies: Life For Romance

A Poem on Butterflies Xie Yi (Northern Song) 10

Three Poems on Butterflies No. 1 Xu Yin (Tang) 12

Three Poems on Butterflies No. 2 Xu Yin (Tang) 14

Three Poems on Butterflies No. 3 Xu Yin (Tang) 16

Butterflies Song Qi (Song) 18

Butterflies Dancing Li He (Tang) 20

A Beautiful String Instrument Li Shangyin (Tang) 22

II Ants: Warring Life

Picture of Ants and Butterflies Huang, Tingjian (Tan) 26

Observing Ants Hu Zhonggong (Song) 28

Observing Ants Yang Wanli (Song) 30

Ant Fighting Liu Chang Song) 32

III Honeybees: Love Affairs

Honeybees Gathering Chrysanthemum Pistils Geng Wei (Tang) 34

Drinking Alone Du Fu (Tang) 36

IV Moths: Embracing Brightness With Life

The Moth and Lamp Gao Dai (Ming) 38

Lamp Moths Sa Du La (Yuan) 40

The Lamp Qjji (Tang) 42

A Poem for My Wife Zhang Hu (Tang) 44

V Short But Illuminating Life

Poem on Fireflies Xiao Duo (Northern Dynasty Liang) 48

Fireflies Zhao Zhishen (Qing) 50

Fireflies Du Fu (Tang) 52

Fireflies Li Bai(Tang) 54

On Fireflies Yu Sninan (Tang) 56

VI Flies: Annoyingly Rotten Life

A Chant on Flies in June Zhang Wentao (Qing) 58

Flies Jian Shen (Qing) 60

Flies Wei Zhongwu (Song) 62

Flies Yuan Mu (Qing) 64

Expressing Thanks for a Bamboo Fly Whisk Given by a Friend Qi Ji (Tang) 66

VII Cicadas: Loud But Solitary

An Early Cicada Jia Dao (Tang) 68

Early Cicadas Bai Juyi (Tang) 70

In Reply to Bai Juyi Upon Hearing the Early Cicadas Liu Yuxi (Tang) 72

My Feeling on Hearing the Cicadas Jia Dao (Tang) 74

The Sound of Autumn Cicada Liu Shang (Tang) 76

Cicadas Li Shangyin (Tang) 78

VIII Silkworms: Devoted Life

A Poem on Silkworms Jiang Yigong (Shu) 80

Silk Girl Sima Zha (Tang) 82

Silk Woman Lai Hu (Tang) 84

Silk Woman Du Xunhe (Tang) 86

A Concubine Raising Silkworms Wei Zhuang (Tang) 88

IX Crickets: A Puppet's Life

Cricket Du Fu (Tang) 90

Crickets Zhang Qiao (Tang) 92

Cricket Wang Anshi (Song) 94

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