The quarterly journal of 21st Century Chinese Poetry was founded with the intention of introducing modern Chinese poetry to readers worldwide.
Modern Chinese poetry was born from the broader intellectual movement that took place in China around 1917-1921, known as the May-Fourth Movement;
for the first time in history, vernacular Chinese was accepted as a legitimate poetic voice.
This poetic movement hasn't stopped evolving since then but only accelerated recently because of the easy exchange of styles and ideas over cyberspace.
This is an eye-opening, exciting and even confounding experience for both the poets and the readers.
The editor-and-translator team of 21st Century Chinese Poetry selects some of the best poems written in Chinese by today's poets from all geographical areas.
Poem for the day
Aboard the Ship
- by Sha Ma
- Now we are on board, let's not
- bring up any depressing topics;
- no more debates about the pet peeves
- in those capitalist countries.
- Sit your ass down on the metal plank.
- Doesn't it make you feel a little numb?
- We've got to learn to be
- that girl by the window,
- eating dry beans
- and looking out at the sea.
- from 21st Century Chinese Poetry, No. 4