‘I have to put my contemporary root back into the soil of thousands of years, (of Chinese culture) then bring this ancient and classical experience into our contemporary life.’
Welcome to our translation special! Join Robin and Peter as we take a deep dive into the Sarah Maguire Prize 2020. We ask Chairman of the judges, the Persian poet and translator, Alireza Abiz about poetry from Iraq, Korea, Japan, Mexico, and Syria and and ponder the nature of time, Mandarin and poetry with the legendary Chinese poet Yang Lian and about his Shearsman collection Anniversary Snow. Plus we speak to his long-term translator Brian Holton.