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In anticipation of our new reviews section, Drunken Boat will be featuring mini-reviews on our blog every two weeks. You can subscribe to our RSS feed or check back in to see what our favorite writers have been reading.

I’m currently reading Yingelishi by Jonathan Stalling. Jonathan has composed poems whose sounds make simultaneous yet different poems in English and Chinese. For instance, the phrase, “Close your eyes,” read tonally as ke lu zi you er aisi, creates, in Chinese, the phrase “Jade dew appears as mournful memories.” You can find a performance here.

I’m also reading Rikki Ducornet’s lyrical, harrowing novel, Netsuke; King Lear (but I’m reading Acts V, IV, III, II and then I to consider its unfolding); Forrest Gander’s Core Samples from the World, haibun and other poems inspired by collaboration and travel; and Atsuro Riley’s Romey’s Order, whose sonically-rich poems are also memorable.

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Published Sep 06, 2011 - Comments Off on What I’ve Been Reading… Arthur Sze

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