Started in 2009, IPNHK is one of the most influential international poetry events in Asia. In its ten-year anniversary in November 2019, 30 famous poets from various countries will be in Hong Kong and ten cities in China afterwards to read their works based on the theme “Speech and Silence.” This anthology includes selected works of these 30 poets, presented with Chinese and English translations in bilingual/trilingual formats.
Poets include Ana Luísa Amaral (Portugal), Maxim Amelin (Russia), Renato Sandoval Bacigalupo (Peru) , Jen Bervin (USA), Ana Blandiana (Romania), Tamim Al-Barghouti (Palestine), Abbas Beydoun (Lebanon), Miłosz Biedrzycki (Poland), Derek Chung (Hong Kong), Louise Dupré (Canada), Forrest Gander (USA), Hwang Yu Won (South Korea), Maozi (PRC), Mathura (Estonia), Sergio Raimondi (Argentina), Ana Ristović (Serbia), K. Satchidanandan (India), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Aleš Šteger (Slovenia), Maria Stepanova (Russia), Tóth Krisztina (Hungary), Ijeoma Umebinyuo (Nigeria), Anastassis Vistonitis (Greece), Jan Wagner (Germany), Ernest Wichner (Germany), Yang Chia-Hsien (Taiwan), Yasuhiro Yotsumoto (Japan), Yu Youyou (PRC), Zheng Xiaoqiong (PRC), and Zhou Yunpeng (PRC).
“If globalization is our ‘continent,’ then poetry is our ‘island.’ This brave new world may be defined by contentions and conflicts between civilizations, religions, ideologies, as well as power and money, but the island symbolized by poetry represents the promise of a spiritual homeland for all humanity.”
—Bei Dao, world-renowned poet
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