Sunday Sparrows

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Pub Date: 07/16/2019

Pages: 144

Publisher: Zephyr Press

Imprint: Zephyr Press

ISBN 13: 9781938890253

ISBN 10: 1938890256

Price: $15.00 / $21.95 CAN

Category: POETRY / Asian / Chinese

Sunday Sparrows

By Lin Song, Jami Proctor Xu

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About the Book

Song Lin’s poems explore his sojourns in several countries, the natural world outside him, and his own inner landscape. His early imprisonment during the 1989 Tienanmen Square protests gave rise to the title poem, as well as a profound sense of yearning that pervades much of his work. He is a wanderer in the world and in the language of poetry, often finding beauty in others that are also on the move: birds, rivers, the wind. While his work is rooted in both contemporary and classical Chinese poetry, he incorporates American, French, and Latin-American literary traditions into his poems.

About the Book

The yearnings of a traveler who has lived on three continents, charting in exquisite language what he sees outside, and within.


Song Lin, born in Xiamen, China, has published five collections of poetry (two of which were translated into French and published in France), two books of prose, and has co-edited a contemporary poetry anthology. He began writing poetry in the 1980s as a “campus poet,” and was imprisoned for almost a year for participating in student protests. He married a French woman, moved to Paris in 1991, and subsequently lived in Singapore and Argentina, before returning to China in 2003. He has received Rotterdam and Romanian International Poetry Fellowships and the Shanghai Literature Prize. He is a poetry editor for the literary journal Jintian.