My Village

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Pub Date: 03/03/2020

Pages: 180

Publisher: Zephyr Press

Imprint: Zephyr Press

ISBN 13: 9781938890796

ISBN 10: 1938890795

Price: / $22.99 CAN$17.00

Category: POETRY / Asian / Chinese

My Village

By Sheng Wu, John Balcom

Price: $17.00



About the Book

Wu Sheng has written vivid poems about rural life and the land since the 1960s, when he became one of Taiwan’s most popular poets. His poems are rooted in the soil, embued with an unshakable affinity for the people who till it, sweat over it, and eventually are buried in it, and serve as his personal response to the industrialization, urbanization and globalization of his vanishing world.

About the Book

A farmer and environmentalist poet who writes of rural life in Taiwan in simple, colloquial poems that depict his vanishing world.


John Balcom, PhD., is a translator of Chinese literature, whose previous books for Zephyr Press include Abyss, by Ya Hsien (a finalist for the PEN Poetry in Translation Award), Grass Roots, by Xiang Yang, and Driftwood and Stone Cell, both by Lo Fu. Other recent publications include Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry (contributor), Wintry Night by Li Qiao (co-translator), The City Trilogy by Chang His-kuo, There’s Nothing I Can Do When I think of You Late at Night, by Cao Naiqian, and Taiwan’s Indigenous Writers: An Anthology of Stories, Essays, and Poems, the last two of which won Northern California Book Awards. He teaches at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.