The journal of21st Century Chinese Poetry 《廿一世纪中国诗歌》was founded with the intention of introducing modern Chinese poetry to readers worldwide.
From the editor:
Our journal is shifting gear. Collaboration with a poetry journal located in Central Plain, China is forthcoming. Season 2 will return with a grown editorial group and an expanded translator team.
Modern Chinese poetry was born from the broader intellectual movement that took place in China around 1917-1921, known as the May-Fourth Movement;
for the first time in history, vernacular Chinese was accepted as a legitimate poetic voice.
This poetic movement hasn't stopped evolving since then but only accelerated recently because of the easy exchange of styles and ideas over cyberspace.
This is an eye-opening, exciting and even confounding experience for both the poets and the readers.
The editor-and-translator team of 21st Century Chinese Poetry selects some of the best poems written in Chinese by today's poets from all geographic areas.
Poem of the day 一日一首
- by Zhai Wenxi
- His nose has fallen into disuse like a gentleman's pipe.
- But, of course, we see only superficial time,
- the framework instilled by a pendulum clock.
- ”No one wants to doze off now unless he is a pea-brain."
- Just as he reminds himself that, a breeze climbs up the stairs
- to ride on the springy tree branches.
- The moon always clings to the spire as if playing an old shtick.
- A woman sleeps in the room.
- Chairs gossip among themselves.
- People guard their thoughts, which they seldom exchange.
- "Beer froth can drown a soul."
- but he stays sober.
- Not too far away, a lonely nightingale tests his voice on the dark mountaintop.
- He lies on his belly,
- and slowly moves across the room,
- floating on the moonlight
- that has entered the window and flooded the room.
- from 21st Century Chinese Poetry, No. 8