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Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm: Poems and Essays

Author: Yu Xiuhua  

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Thematically organized, Yu's essays and poems are in conversation with each other around subjects that include love, nostalgia, mortality, the natural world and writing itself.
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Thematically organized, Yu's essays and poems are in conversation with each other around subjects that include love, nostalgia, mortality, the natural world and writing itself.

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Description

Starting with the viral poem "Crossing Half of China to Fuck You," Yu Xiuhua's raw collection chronicles her life as a disabled, divorced, single mother in rural China. Yu Xiuhua was born with cerebral palsy in Hengdian Village in the Hunan Province, in Southern China. Unable to attend college, travel, or work the land with her parents, Yu remained home where she could help with housework. Eventually she was forced into an arranged marriage that became abusive. She divorced her husband and moved back in with her parents, taking her son with her. In defiance of the stigma attached to her disability, her status as a divorced single mother, and as a peasant in rural China, Yu found her voice in poetry. Starting in the late 90's, her writing became a vehicle with which to explore and share her reflections on homesickness, family and ancestry, the reality of disability in the context of a body's urges and desires. Then, Yu's poem "Crossing Half of China to Fuck You" blew open the doors on the patriarchal and traditionalist world of contemporary Chinese poetry. She became an internet sensation, finding a devoted following among young readers who enthusiastically welcomed her fresh, bold, confessional voice into the literary canon. Thematically organized, Yu's essays and poems are in conversation with each other, around subjects that include love, nostalgia, mortality, the natural world and writing itself.

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Critic Reviews

“"Yu Xiuhua's Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm, translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain, grows out of highly personal terrain. This farmer-poet says in an essay ( Moonlight is sectioned by eight lyrical essays): 'We have man-handled so many words that I only dream of using them anew.' Xiuhua says exactly what she means; and Sze-Lorrain honors the feeling and music in intimate translation. Thus, the poet's language rises out of the natural, tinged by elemental soil and light." -- Yusef Komunyakaa, Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth”

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About the Author

Born in 1976 in Hengdian, Hubei Province, China, Yu Xiuhua is a woman poet from an impoverished rural background who was born with cerebral palsy. Yu began writing poetry in 1998. In 2014, her poem "Crossing Half of China to Fuck You" became an online sensation, launching her career as a celebrity poet and writer. Her poetry collection Moonlight Falls on My Left Hand (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2015) sold over 10,000 copies, a record for Chinese poetry titles of the past two decades. Yu received the Peasant Literature Award in 2016. Still Tomorrow , an award-winning documentary film about her life and poetry, was released to critical acclaim the same year. She was also the recipient of the Hubei Literary Prize in 2018.

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Product Details

Publisher
Astra Publishing House | Minedition
Published
14th September 2021
Pages
156
ISBN
9781662600470
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