Dennis Vincent Brutus: China Poems (523 words)

Dennis Brutus’ seventh volume is unified by his experiments with the Chinese Chueh chu (i.e., stop short or severed sentence) form, an antecedent of the Japanese haiku. The booklet’s 36 pages contain 27 poems (not all Chueh chu), interspersed with commentary on the form and on Brutus’ trip to the People’s Republic of China in August-September 1973 for the Friendship Invitational Table Tennis Tournament. The poems, “taken from [Brutus’s] notes” (5), are presented in his distinct calligraphy, with same-page translations into Chinese by Ko Ching-Po. Eighteen of the China Poems are reprinted, without the translations and some of the notes, in Stubborn Hope, “Victory Edition” (Washington, D…

McLuckie, Craig. "China Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 March 2004
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