The inimitable Paul Nelson met Xi Chuan when they both attended the Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival 青海湖国际诗歌节 last August. After Xi Chuan’s Copper Canyon reading in Seattle, Paul met with Xi Chuan for an interview, part one of which has just been posted on splab.org. In English, the interview shows Xi Chuan at all his depth and breadth, ranging from the importance of Western poetries to Chinese literature and the place of Ezra Pound to his difficulties in the face of the personal and social upheavals he of 1989; it also includes a bit of a reading of my translation of Xi Chuan’s prose poem “Beast” 巨兽. Here’s Paul’s write-up.
While in China for the 3rd Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival this past August, I met one of the most renowned younger Chinese poets, Xi Chuan. He has a book coming out next year entitled Notes on the Mosquito, published in translation by New Directions. In Seattle recently to celebrate the release of an anthology of contemporary poetry from China, Push Open the Window (Copper Canyon Press) he talked about the opening in Chinese poetry after the Cultural Revolution. SPLAB Presents for the week of October 17, 2011.
SPLAB Presents airs Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. on KBCS.FM, 91.3, or you can listen to the interview here.