Language for a New Century Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond

ISBN-10: 0393332381

ISBN-13: 9780393332384

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ravi Shankar, Nathalie Handal, Carolyn Forch�, Tina Chang, Tina Chang

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A landmark anthology, providing the most ambitious, far-reaching collection of contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern poetry available. Language for a New Centurycelebrates the artistic and cultural forces flourishing today in the East, bringing together an unprecedented selection of works by South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian poets as well as poets living in the Diaspora. Some poets, such as Bei Dao and Mahmoud Darwish, are acclaimed worldwide, but many more will be new to the reader. The collection includes 400 unique voicespolitical and apolitical, monastic and eroticthat represent a wider artistic movement that challenges thousand-year-old traditions, broadening our notion of contemporary literature. Each section of the anthologyorganized by theme rather than by national affiliationis preceded by a personal essay from the editors that introduces the poetry and exhorts readers to examine their own identities in light of these powerful poems. In an age of violence and terrorism, often predicated by cultural ignorance, this anthology is a bold declaration of shared humanity and devotion to the transformative power of art.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Ravi Shankar, founding editor of Drunken Boat and author of Instrumentality, lives in Connecticut.

Carolyn Forch�, poet, translator, and activist, is professor of English at Georgetown University. She has published two award-winning volumes of poetry, Gathering the Tribes and The Country Between Us. In 1990 Ms. Fourch� received a Lannan Literary Award, granted to poets and writers of literary excellence "whose work promotes a truer understanding of contemporary life." Her most recent volume of poetry is Blue Hour.

A Note on Surnames
In the Grasp of Childhood Fields
Ode to My Mother's Hair
Elegy for Pure Music
Exile House
Directions to My Imaginary Childhood
String Theory
In Praise of Goldberg
"Our cries, she used to say"
The Road Back
The Blue Flower
Suzhou Park
The Shaping Clay
Overhearing Water
Turning Point
Eskimo Paradise
Practical Aim
In My Mother's Dream
A Child Who Returned from There Told Us
The Habit of Hunger
Tiger skins
My Sister, Who Died Young, Takes Up The Task
Things That Are Full of Pleasure -
Dismantling the Wayang Stage
from Bodhinabha: The Sky Vision
"The portrait of the father"
The Age of My Father
The Walk
Depths of Field
Parsed into Colors
Dance Music
The Wanderer
Two Voices
Motown/Smokey Robinson
Tired of Soliloquies
Star, Bird & Autumn
Stars and the Dawn
The Way of a River, The Forest, Night
excerpts from "A Man of the Port"
Postcards of Old Hong Kong
Postoperative Complications Following the Extraction of Memory
Warm Inspiration
About the White Boys Who Drove By a Second Time to Throw a Bucket of Water on Me
The Boy Who Had Eleven Toes
She Comes with Horns and Tail
Plucking Flowers
I Sing of Equality
Leaning My Shoulder to the Sun
At Last I Turn My Back
It's a Mineral, the Mind
Rum and Snow
Lifting the Hagar Heel
Water Is Water
Wanton with James
We Travel
An Injured Tomcat in an Empty Sack
excerpt from "Little Wars"
Poem 240
Is This You or the Tale?
excerpt from "Wonders Never Cease"
Insignificant Woman
Floating on Fifth
Squirrels in Washington
excerpt from "The Spell of Blazing Trees"
"For they are at the center of my life"
The Butcher
The Lonely Woman's Room
Paradises, Soldiers, and Stags
Immigrant Blues
The Analysis of Yearning (Garod)
Scavenging on Double Bluff
Slips and Atmospherics
Ontology of Chang and Eng, the Original Siamese Twins
The Anchored Angel
excerpt from "What Was Not Conceivable"
The Alphabet
from The Screens
The River of the Cyclops
A Brazen State
Scene: a Loom
The Eglantine Deal
By the Light of a Single Worm
Tonight While the Stars are Shimmering (New World Duet)
In the Fourth Year of The Plague
The Hands Again
311 Series 2 (Turkish Red)*
Quarterly Report No. 7: Epiphytes and Vetiver Control
Oval Ghost
excerpt from BlipSoak01
A Talisman
The World's a Printing House
The Poem - The Mirage
Texas in the Afternoon
excerpts from "Anthology of Notes"
Customs House
A poem, long overdue
You Hear Me Jim Morrison?
The Forests of Yellow Bamboo Trees
DJ Caml
Index of Creatures
Notations on the Prospects for Peace
Loose Strife with Apiary
from The Body
Proust in the Waters
Earth of Drowned Gods
America, America
A Word for Freedom
I Could Forget All This
After Long Thinking
Spiritus Mundi
An Argument About Horses
My Freedom
In the Labor Market at Giang Vo
Flying Garbage
Our Land
White Lie
nothin to waste
Amazing Grace
Python in the Mall
excerpt from "Return"
Give me Bhaat, Bastard
Eating Fried Chicken
From Exile to Exile
Letters from Exile
Apology to Orhan Pamuk
Facing a Nation
A Moral Climate
A Dusty Skull
The Silenced
Dark Associations
Thinking American
A Woman Reflects on Mutability
At the Back of Progress...
The Poet's Voice
Hill Station
When People Rise from Cheese, Statement #1
At the Staircase
Fallen Leaves
In Jerusalem
The Disappearances
Buffaloes Under Dark Water
The Islands
Sun Mass
Many Are Called
Tercets from The Book of Revelation
Rain and Storm
The Poson Moon
The Sentry at Mutianyu Speaks to the Astronaut
A Dream
All of Them
The Wedding
Labrador Tea
Scoop Up the Sea
Gathering Storm
The Dead Boy
excerpt from "Signs"
White Moon
A Thin Line
The Poet's Lunch
The Rest of the Poem
excerpt from "Tales of a Severed Head"
Mohn Des Gedachtnis
Woman Translating, or La Belle Infidele
Night Scene
Travel Again - The Time I Am Heading For Is May
To Scuttle the Moon
Blue Rays
excerpt from "Butterfly Valley"
The Deserted Cafe
Origin & Ash
A Place Like Water
Climbing Mt. Iraya
Carpet Garden
from The Wolf Girls of Midnapure
The Wolves Are Roaring
Four Poems from Panjore DanRer Shabda (Oars in My Ribs)
The Black Hen
A Revisit
It Can't Ever See - The Sky
excerpts from "Turtle Island Aria II"
Of Sea Wayfarers
She Who Threads the Skies
The City of Wrecked Ships
Depth: A Sonnet
Autobiography of Night
excerpt from "What Some Are Saying About The Body"
Apostrophe in the Scripture
Angina Pectoris
Gujarat 2002
excerpts from "Diary of Beirut Under Siege, 1982"
excerpts from "Eulogy World"
Nallur, 1982
Camouflage Costumes
Burning Eden One Branch at a Time
Bomb Crater Sky
Casa Blanca 1991
Once Again the Mind
I Was Not One of the Six Million. And What Is the Span of My Life? Open Shut Open
Pham Hong Thai
A Kind of Happiness
The Pecan Leaves
Black Horses
North South East West
excerpts from "Letter in Winter"
Mindful Breathing
Coming Home at Night
Blow Job
At Least
Blind Boats
Greatest Wish Song
One Evening in a Cafe
Time Consoled in the Stone
Eleven Rudras
The Fall of Culture
If There Were No War
Into Olive Leaves
In Answer to Father's Letter
One Morning, in the LA Times
Ssitkim Kut - A wandering spirit's song
The Word PEACE
War Symphony
This House, My Bones
A Blank Letter
Just Words
Banalata Sen
excerpts from "Misfortune"
Lucky Men
Beyond the Seven Hills
excerpt from 'An Inquest"
Homeland, Once More, I'll Build You
The Story of My Country
Chikin Hekka
Summer Roof
Cursed House
Ode to Bombay
In Water
The Wey
On Encountering Sorrow
No One Belonging to Me
The Dump
excerpts from Against the Wilderness
Black Map
Washing the Grain
POP SONG 1 "At Home in Hong Kong" 1964
Carpet Weaver
The Eastern Poem
Ma'reb Speaks
Two Voices
Your Hands Guide Me Through Trains
Train Station
I Want My Soil Back
The Father
Gondwana Rocks
In the Third Country
In the Arab House
Eighteen Haiku for Xiamen
The Neighbor's Geese
Kabul Behind My Window
At the Hamlet of Gulestaneh
The Black Room
A Tale
Mandelstam in Armenia, 1930
Desert Years
The Korean Community Garden
The Nomad III
Dying for a Himalayan Dream
This House, My Bones
Bowl of Air and Shivers
To God
One more say
A Vision of St. Clare
Tian Qiao / Sky Bridge
How Middle-Eastern Singing Was Born
A Tale
excerpts from Flowers of a Moment
Natural Science Teacher
The forest last day
A Scream
Song of Krishna (5)
Foreign Flags
The Hill
Grand Days Have Gone By Her
Seven Sparks
excerpt from "Tutka Roi Sai (Sand Trace Doll)"
Sacred River
Valley of Marvels
Yamoussoukro, With Cathedral
Midnight, on the Fifth Day of the Fourth Month in the Tibetan Calendar
Breaking Karma
excerpt from "The Wolf's Hour"
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