Far and Near
i am as far from any australians
as china is from australia
and i am as near them
as a cloud
near the sky
‘Far and Near’ from Ouyang Yu’s New and Selected Poems, Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2004. Reprinted by permission of the author and Salt Publishing Ltd,
Ouyang Yu graduated from La Trobe University with a doctoral degree in Australian literature and has had 29 Chinese and English books published in the field of fiction, poetry, literary translation and literary criticism since his arrival in Australia in 1991, including his 1st English novel, The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002, Brandl & Schlesinger, Sydney) short-listed for the 2003 NSW Premier’s Awards and winner of the Festival Award for Innovation in Writing in the 2004 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts; his 5th book of English poetry, Foreign Matter (2003, Otherland Publishing, Melbourne), winner of the 2003 Fast Books Prize for Best Poetry in the self-published category in NSW, Australia; his 14th book of translation, in Chinese, of Robert McCrum et al’s The Story of English forthcoming in 2004 (Baihua Publishing House, China); his 6th book of English poetry, New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2004, UK); his 3rd book of Chinese poetry, wo cao, hand-made, published in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia; and his 4th book of Chinese poetry, xiandu (The limit), published on 30/06/2004 in Beijing.
His other published translations (16 of them) in Chinese include The Female Eunuch (1991 and 2001, Baihua Publishing House, China) and The Whole Woman (2002, Baihua Publishing House, China) by Germaine Greer, The Shock of the New (2003, Baihua Publishing House, China) by Robert Hughes and Capricornia by Xavier Herbert (2004, Chongqing Publishing House, China).
For more information, visit http//www.ouyangyu.com.au
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