Dream Weaver

Yang Lian has been in exile since the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, during which he was in Auckland on a fellowship. The Chinese writer, who along with Bei Dao is the most well known of the so-called Misty Poets of the late 1970s, is now a New Zealand citizen living in the U.K. But his verse is fraught with yearning for the China of his birth. In the preface to his most recent collection, translated into English as Lee Valley Poems, he alludes longingly to the wild-goose image in classical Chinese verse and its use by the great bards Wang...

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