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Sea Summit: Poems Paperback – February 9, 2016
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With this selection of more than 80 of her ecologically conscious lyric poems, Yi receives a generous introduction to English readers. The pastoral is Yi's mode of choice, and the poems here take as their subject matter the natural world as well as the human experience of itâthe space where consciousness meets nature: "that valley is a huge dye vat/ I just stand on its edge/ feel its rich green/ oozing from the sole." The collection is rich in anthropomorphic metaphor ("I see the skeleton of a mountain/ upholding everything/ see the silent endurance of a mountain") as it eschews high language. Yi's poems do the work of reinscribing observed nature in basic, human terms as she blurs the lines between environment and labor or natural processes and man-made machines: "like millions of motors unleashed undersea/ the sea's body shakes/ its chest heaving/ in a splash of white breast milk/ as if spouting the essence of life to its end." Well known in China as a "second-generation" woman poet, Yi has won numerous high-profile awards in China and works as a stage and set designer for the People's Art Theater in Fujian. Sze-Lorrain's steadfast translations, presented en-face, make accessible one of China's most famous woman poets. (Jan.)\n
Slippery, resonant poetry full of nuanced and subtle scene-making. Sea Summit makes a strong case for Yi’s poetic importance beyond her linguistic and national borders.”Wayne Miller
Yi enters the gigantic network’ of nature, the rowdy conference room’ of the sea summit, and they, in turn, pass through her, resulting in poems of particular intensity, mystery, and transaction. This is the visionary potential of ecopoetry: a practice that invites the presence of wind, butterfly, storm to meet and disrupt us, just as they disrupt and interrupt each other and the rest of the world.”Melissa Kwasny
"This communal and visceral experience reminds me of the theatre. . . . Yi Lu’s images are masterful in a way that, perhaps, only a theatre scenographer might envision. They reflect, support, and converse with the condition of the speaker. And, like curtains, these private experiences are torn open in a theater where there is no fourth wall; as we read, we’re immersed in each scene, each poem, via the stage that is Yi Lu’s sensitive and poignant poetry."The Literary Review
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