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Influenced by both the gray, sinister sea” near the village where Yi Lu grew up during the Cultural Revolution, and the beauty of the sea in the books she read as a child, Sea Summit is a collection of paradox and questioning. The sea is an impossible force to the poet: it is both a majestic force that predates man, and something to carry with us wherever we go, to be put by an ancient rattan chair,” so we can watch its waves toss” from above. Exploring the current ecological crisis and our complicated relationship to the wildness around us, Yi Lu finds something more complex than a traditional nature poet might in the mysterious connection between herself and the forces of nature represented by the boundless ocean.
Translated brilliantly by the acclaimed poet Fiona Sze-Lorrain, this collection of poems introduces an important contemporary Chinese poet to English-language readers.
Yi Lu is one of the most widely read poets in China. She is the author of five books of poetry, including the award-winning titles See(2004) and Using Two Seas(2009). Her honors include the Hundred Flowers Award for Literature and the Distinguished Literary Prize form Fujian Province. Currently a theatrical stage and set designer at the People's Art Theater in Fujian, she lives in the southern coastal city of Fuzhou.
Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the author of two poetry titles, My Funeral Gondola and Water the Moon, and an acclaimed translator from French and Chinese. An editor at Vif Editions, she is a zheng harpist and orchid healer. She lives in Paris.