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By Hédi Kaddour
Translated by Marilyn Hacker
Yale University Press, 192pp Hardback ISBN 100300149581Series 3 Number 16 - The Dialect of the Tribe
Review by Delphine Grass
Marilyn Hacker points out in her introduction to her translation of Hédi Kaddour’s poems that ‘Kaddour makes a surprisingly sharp differentiation between his own urban “sonnets” and Baudelaire’s’. Treason, her English translations of Kaddour’s poems, are taken from three different poetry collections of this author published by Gallimard between 1989 an...» Read review in full» More reviews in this issue
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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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