Gu Cheng

Gu Cheng

Gu Cheng (1956–1993) was born in Beijing, China. In 1978, Gu Cheng became involved with Jintian, a magazine that became the center for the “Misty Poets,” a group of modernist poets who wrote “misty” or “obscure” poetry. Gu Cheng was exiled, along with other Misty Poets Bei Dao, Duo Duo, and Yang Lian, in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square protests. He died in 1993.

Sea Of Dreams

Poetry by Gu Cheng

Gu Cheng (1956-1993) is one of China’s most celebrated contemporary poets. His early death ended a literary career that was influenced by the Cultural Revolution and that reawakened the lyricism of Chinese poets during the 1980s. Offering a unique blend of brooding imagism and political innuendo, Gu Cheng’s poetry traces complex changes in the poet’s life-familial, psychological, cultural––but also radiates innocence and a touching melancholy. His poetry began on the farms in Shandong province where his parents were exiled during the Cultural Revolution, and ended on a small island in New Zealand where he took up a Thoreau-like existence before his tragic suicide.…
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