Republic of Apples, Democracy of Oranges: New Eco-Poetry from China and the U.S. (Paperback)

Republic of Apples, Democracy of Oranges presents nearly 100 poets and translators from China and the U.S.--the two countries most responsible for global carbon dioxide emissions and the primary contributors to extreme climate change. These poetic voices express the altered relationship that now exists between the human and non-human worlds, a situation in which we witness everyday the ways environmental destruction is harming our emotions and imaginations.

"What can poetry say about our place in the natural world today?" ecologically minded poets ask. "How do we express this new reality in art or sing about it in poetry?" And, as poet Forrest Gander wonders, "how might syntax, line break, or the shape of the poem on the page express an ecological ethics?"
Eco-poetry freely searches for possible answers. Sichuan poet Sun Wenbo writes:

... I feel so liberated I start writing about
the republic of apples and democracy of oranges. When I see
apples have not become tanks, oranges not bombs,
I know I've not become a slave of words after all.

The Chinese poets are from throughout the PRC and Taiwan, both minority and majority writers, from big cities and rural provinces, such as Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture and Xinjiang Uyghur, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions. The American poets are both emerging and established, from towns and cities across the U.S.

Included are images by celebrated photographer Linda Butler documenting the Three Gorges Dam, on the Yangtze River, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, on the Mississippi River Basin.
Frank Stewart (Editor) Frank Stewart is a writer, translator, andfounding editor of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. He is professor emeritus of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.Tony Barnstone (Editor) Tony Barnstone is professor of English and Environmental Studies at Whittier College. A prolific poet and literary translator, he is the author of twenty books and editor of the Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry and Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry.Ming Di (Editor) Ming Di is a Chinese poet, translator, and editor based in the US. She has published six books of her poetry in Chinese and translated many of the most important younger poets in China. Among her edited books are New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry and New Poetry from China 1916-2017.
Product Details ISBN: 9780824882884
ISBN-10: 0824882881
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication Date: July 31st, 2019
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Mānoa