Republic of Apples, Democracy of Oranges: New Eco-poetry from China and the U.S.

Paperback: $25.00
ISBN-13: 9780824882884
Published: July 2019

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200 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Republic of Apples, Democracy of Oranges presents nearly 100 poets and translators from China and the U.S.—the two countries most responsible for global carbon dioxide emissions and the primary contributors to extreme climate change. These poetic voices express the altered relationship that now exists between the human and non-human worlds, a situation in which we witness everyday the ways environmental destruction is harming our emotions and imaginations.

    “What can poetry say about our place in the natural world today?” ecologically minded poets ask. “How do we express this new reality in art or sing about it in poetry?” And, as poet Forrest Gander wonders, “how might syntax, line break, or the shape of the poem on the page express an ecological ethics?”
    Eco-poetry freely searches for possible answers. Sichuan poet Sun Wenbo writes:

    … I feel so liberated I start writing about
    the republic of apples and democracy of oranges. When I see
    apples have not become tanks, oranges not bombs,
    I know I've not become a slave of words after all.

    The Chinese poets are from throughout the PRC and Taiwan, both minority and majority writers, from big cities and rural provinces, such as Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture and Xinjiang Uyghur, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions. The American poets are both emerging and established, from towns and cities across the U.S.

    Included are images by celebrated photographer Linda Butler documenting the Three Gorges Dam, on the Yangtze River, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, on the Mississippi River Basin.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Frank Stewart, Editor

      Frank Stewart is a writer, translator, and founding editor of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. He is professor emeritus of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
    • Tony Barnstone, Editor

      Tony Barnstone is professor of English and Environmental Studies at Whittier College. A prolific poet and literary translator, he is the author of twenty books and editor of the Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry and Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry.

    • Ming Di, Editor

      Ming Di is a Chinese poet, translator, and editor based in the US. She has published six books of her poetry in Chinese and translated many of the most important younger poets in China. Among her edited books are New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry and New Poetry from China 1916–2017.