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Your Country is No Longer Here.

By Adonis

Yale University Press, 2010
2013 Number 3 - Secret Agents of Sense

Review by Marilyn Booth

Adonis, Selected Poems, translated by Khaled Muttawa.

From boyhood in Syria, ‘Ali Ahmad Sa‘id Esber (b. 1930) was a poet, and it was not long before his compositions began interrogating the relevance of older literary forms to contemporary art – a questioning process that had been gathering force amongst writers and poets since the late nineteenth cen...

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A Boat to Heaven

By Zhao Lihong

Translated by Xu Qin

Southword Editions, 64 pp, hardback, 2010, ISBN 978-1-905002-37-5,€14

Don’t be deceived by the pretty-kitsch po-mo chinoiserie of Boat to Heaven’s dust jacket; the poems are plangent, often stark, finding solace in the small movements of the natural world. At the end of ‘A Walk in the Forbidden City,’ a set of variations on curtains, rain, smoke, barriers, enclosure, ‘Those that have gone have finally left / All that remains on the ridge of walls / are the moss-green tiles /And the fresh smell of grass / . . . Little birds outside / Fly onto the walls / Little birds inside / Fly out . . .’Elegy – with an edge.

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