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Hawk of the Mind: Collected Poems by [Mu, Yang, Mu, Yang]
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Editorial Reviews


Widely recognized as the most significant lyrical voice now writing in Chinese, Yang Mu is a national figure in Taiwan who has been recently promoted as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Moreover, the translators are undoubtedly the very best in the English world. The renditions are superb and meet the linguistic challenges of the originals with dexterity and imagination.--William Tay, University of California, San Diego

An expertly translated, edited, and introduced collection, showcasing the distinctive craft of a consummate lyricist. "Poetry is insistence, not compromise," writes Yang Mu. What a sumptuous feast he has served us in that remarkable spirit!--Rey Chow, author of Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

Yang Mu is always at or near the top of any list of contemporary modernist Chinese-language poets. Thanks to Michelle Yeh and her colleagues, the translations of his poems in this collection offer a generous selection of his lifetime of erudite engagement with both Chinese and Western cultures.--Edward Gunn, Cornell University

These are superb translations of a sovereign poetic oeuvre. Yang Mu's writing is at once delicate and forceful, reasoned and imaginative, cosmopolitan and grounded. Sixty years of poetry unfurl through a voice that breaks new ground time and again yet retains its constancy. Hawk of the Mind is a major achievement--and a delight.--Maghiel van Crevel, Leiden University

Braiding images of nature with self-aware literary reference and linguistic terminology, Yang Mu shifts between intimate and expansive realms as he adopts personae. Occasionally retaining in their rich and piquant translations some of the nonspecific agency that typifies Chinese grammar, the translators deftly lavish attention not only on semantic meanings but on meanings made by sounds and tonal sequences.--Forrest Gander, author of Core Samples from the World

About the Author

Yang Mu (the pen name of Wang Ching-hsien) was born and raised in Taiwan. He is the author of more than two dozen poetry and prose collections, including Propositions of Temporality, Interventions, Long and Short Ballads, and the memoir Memories of Mount Qilai: The Education of a Young Poet (Columbia, 2015). Among the many literary prizes he has received are the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature and the Cikada Prize (Sweden).

Michelle Yeh is Distinguished Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Davis. She is coeditor and cotranslator of No Trace of the Gardener: Poems of Yang Mu (1998) and The Columbia Sourcebook of Literary Taiwan (Columbia, 2014), among others.

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  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 10, 2018)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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