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Chinese poet to read from work, Oct. 3

poet Bei Dao will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. The reading is part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series.

One of Chinas leading contemporary poets, Bei Dao was exiled from China in 1989 and accused of helping to incite the democracy movement that led to the Tiananmen Square massacre. He is author of "Unlock" (2000), "Landscape Over Zero" (1996), "Forms of Distance" (1994) and "Old Snow" (1991), all of which have been translated into English.

A review of his poetry by Publishers Weekly described his verse as an "exploration of existential themes and political redresses in a distinctly frantic and compressed expressionistic style that is transposed onto the structure of traditional Chinese verse."

Since leaving China, Bei Dao has lived in Germany, Norway, Holland, Denmark and the United States. He was a visiting professor at the University of California-Davis from 1995 to 1997.

Bei Dao will be introduced by James Lasdun, lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and creative writing. Bei Dao will read from his work in Chinese, after which literary critic and translator Eliot Weinberger will read the English translation. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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