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Bei Dao: Today's Chinese literature is uninspired (3)

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14:20, August 14, 2011

To utter the unutterable
Bei Dao said he's currently writing long poems and still considers poetry "the most important and challenging artistic expression" in his writing career.

But "the paradox of writing poetry is that you have to utter the unutterable, and it's the only way to the heart of all that matters," he said.

Bei Dao said he greatly enjoys his life with family in Hong Kong, and his six-year-old son has brought him "irreplaceable comfort."

"He often indulges himself in his own fantasy, loves painting and can appreciate literature," he said.

He's currently working on two international poetry projects, apart from teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The first project, "International Poets in Hong Kong," invites two world renown poets to visit Hong Kong every year, carrying out poetry activities and publishing a bilingual poetry collection for each poet.

The other project, the annual International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong, started in 2010. It aims to make quality poetry teaching universal.

This year, from Nov 10 to 13, the second Poetry Night will invite over 10 foreign poets and 10 poets writing in Chinese and publish a multilingual collection of each poet.

"Modern education kills young people's imagination and creativity, so we need to promote poetry instruction to sharpen their awareness of literature," he said.

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