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By Yang Lian
Translated by Brian Holton, Agnes Hung-Chong Chan
Bloodaxe Books, ISBN 1-85224-703-7, Pb. 111 pages, £8.95.Series 3 No. 6 - After-Images
Review by Anna Reckin
Yang Lian's Concentric Circles translated by Brian Holton and Agnes Hung-Chong Chan, and Zheng Danyi's Wings of Summer (Sixth Finger Press, ISBN 9- 8897051 9. Hardback, 336pp. £19.) translated by Luo Hui, exemplify two generations of contemporary Chinese poets as well as two very different approaches to translation and publication. Yang Lian, a promine...» Read review in full» More reviews in this issue
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Visit To A Senile Old Man
By Kostas Mavroudis
Translated by Thom Nairn & D. Zervanou
Dionysia Press, 2007 - 8, £6.50, 978-1-903171-22-6
First thoughts? Thematically very appropriate to use as epigraph two lines from "Voice" by Zbigniew Herbert, but disrespectful to misquote them so carelessly: there's a world of difference between "hiss" (sic) and "hum", "huge" (sic) and "immense". Thereafter, a prose monologue in seventeen short sections, a son's meditation on time, mutability and the prospect of his father's death, "the frozen breath of the transcendental" rooted firmly in the everyday of "dentures refracted in a glass of water", the pain of a fractured thigh, the many kindnesses which, as with a sick child, help make each day's slow passage more bearable.
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