Stagnant Water & Other Poems: What Others Are Saying

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“Wen Yiduo is an exquisite poet, one of modern China’s best. Only a poet can do justice to translating poetry, and Robert Dorsett does justice.”

— Perry Link, University of California, Riverside

“The virtue of this translation is that it offers a dance, which preserves the essence of the original. Robert Hammond Dorsett is comfortable with the outward trappings of meter and rhyme, devising elegant solutions at every turn and turning.”

— From the Foreword by Christopher Merrill,
International Writing Program, University of Iowa

“Robert Dorsett’s versions of Wen Yiduo give us access to a writer whose poems feel like fresh air. These translations express beautifully the poet’s passionate restraint, his exactitude, and his struggle toward self-definition, the sublime and the mysterious.”

— Marvin Bell

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