10 poems by Jin Haishu

Haishu, Jin and Patton, Simon (2005) 10 poems by Jin Haishu. Amsterdam, Netherlands, Mediamatic IP.

Author Haishu, Jin
Patton, Simon
Title 10 poems by Jin Haishu
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Mediamatic IP
Publication date 2005-06
Series China - Poetry International Web
Editor Corine Vloet
Total pages 1 Translated folio
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject CX
420112 Chinese Languages
751001 Languages and literature
Formatted Abstract/Summary
...Jin Haishu clearly enjoys playing with paradox, a paradox which reminds us that benign surfaces occasionally function as a camouflage for some deeper, more obscure menace (and so: intimacy reveals alienation, bluntness has the potential for pain worse than the sharpest blade, while dawn light is inextricably bound up with a darkness it is incapable of expelling). So that we don’t spend too much of our waking lives in Disneyland, he goes out of his way to remind us of some of the harsh facts of life: loneliness is an insoluble condition, and helpless rage is an inevitable response to the kind of society we have so painstakingly arranged for ourselves. And yet, Jin’s uncompromising stance is not an open invitation to pessimism. Life remains worth living—and poetry continues to be a worthwhile form of activity—because our human capacity to make sense of our experiences, even in adversity, brings us a sublime, enduring, quixotic pleasure beyond the daily swirl of endless happy-sadness.

Poems by Jin Haishu:
21 Maxims For My Girlfriend On Her Birthday
At 4 A.M.
Getting Close
Hallucinating In The Dark
One Afternoon's Assorted Emotions
The Old Furnishings
Keyword Original Creative Works - Other
Chinese poetry

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