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Review by Justin Hill

Chronicles of a Lordlordland
The Jade Ladder, edited by W. N. Herbert and Yang Lian,
with Brian Holton and Qin Xiaoyu, Bloodaxe, 2012

Chairman Mao was a poet of some distinction, apparently: his collections still sell, and friends tell me they’re really very good. But despite his poetic talents, Mao doesn’t make it into The Jade Ladder, the new colle...

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By Maria Baranda

Translated by Joshua Edwards

Shearsman, 2010, ISBN 9781848611238, £8.95

My journey with Baranda's collection begins 'with the moon and a desolate sky/ a place of frail words to open/ the native prose of dreams.' Ficticia is a journey of words, sea, time and place. It travels far and wide, further than I should ever know away from Baranda's pages. Joshua Edwards translates a cool, calm and circular poem that ends back where we begin, as journeys generally do. I am sad to arrive on the last page with 'the moon's furtive passage/ the beginning of an abrupt sky.' Nothing lasts forever though, especially if its good.

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