Talk: Xiao Kaiyu’s Poetry: The Personal World and Society
Jul 12, 2014 Saturday 16:00 - 18:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
There are many genres of poetry, and each can allow for a participation in the world. In particular, one type involves the writer narrating through social issues, allowing society, at times tranquil and at others turbulent, to be unfolded organically under an analysis of personal emotions. Condescending criticism from high up is no longer valid, while social problems are in fact a part of us. Because poets and poetry are intertwined with social issues, they can therefore become the essential set-up in awakening our sense of existence.
Xiao Kaiyu was born in Zhongjiang of Sichuan province in China in 1960. He moved to Shanghai in 1992, and lived there until 1997, when he moved to Berlin. He moved back to China in 2005, and now lives in both Beijing and Shanghai. He published many collections of poetry, such as Dongwuyuan de Kuanghuan [Rapture In The Zoo], Cishi Cidi [Right Here Right Now], Im Regen Geschrieben [Written in the Rain] and Shanpo he Yejie de Nuanliang [Warm and Cool—The Hillside and Night Street], among others. With encouragement from friends, he is now involved with some part of the contemporary art world.
Free admission, reservation is required.