The journal of21st Century Chinese Poetry 《廿一世纪中国诗歌》is an independent journal committed to showcasing the best of contemporary Chinese poetry. We exist to discover and celebrate poetry and the Chinese poets that write them with the largest possible Anglophone audience.
In the early twentieth century, The May Fourth Movement (1917-1921) launched an era where vernacular Chinese was for the first time accepted as a legitimate poetic voice. This was followed by an outpouring of verse written in 'plain speech' by people from all walks of life in contrast to the classical, elitist poetic forms of imperial China.
A century has now almost passed since these 'new' poetic voices emerged. Vernacular poetry has continued to blossom in poetry journals and in cyberspace.
The editor and translators at 21st Century Chinese Poetry are committed to translating poets from across China who would otherwise remain virtually unknown to Western audiences.
All enquiries, suggestions and corrections regarding 21st Chinese Poetry should be directed to Meifu Wang at:
Founder and Editor
Poem of the day 一日一首
For the Love of a Tree
- by Li Wei
- You once said you fell in love with the woods
- for the love of a tree. How wonderful!
- Can you perhaps still tell that tree apart from the rest?
- Later, there is a path into the woods
- with a log cabin along the way,
- and an outpost nearby, but no buses will come.
- It’s for sitting, for listening to the wind
- and the soft whispers of each tree.
- from 21st Century Chinese Poetry, No. 3