CHLOE GARCIA ROBERTS is the translator of Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes, which was awarded a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, and author of The Reveal (Noemi Press, 2015). She lives in Boston and is the managing editor for the Harvard Review.
Poetry by Li Shangyin
translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts
Ranging from the humorous and scathing to the evocative and strange, this ninthcentury collection of list poems by the late Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin documents one poet’s scrutiny of his riotous times. Li gives a glimpse into the mundane experiences of the waning years of Chinese poetry’s golden age, while providing an uncanny reflection of the minutiae of our own contemporary lives, loves, and irritations.
Besieged by a drunk person, no escape.
Beautiful concubine, jealous wife.