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Derangements of My Contemporaries

by Li Shangyin

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Pamphlets series

To read his work is to encounter a classical Chinese lyricism rich with mysterious juxtapositions of the immediate and the imagined. 

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.

Derangements of My Contemporaries

Poetry by Li Shangyin

translated from the Classical Chinese by Chloe Garcia Roberts
published June 25th, 2014