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World Poetry Call for Poems for the Poet Li Bai

17 March 2010
World Poetry Call for Poems for the Poet Li Bai
World Poetry hosts, Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea with our esteemed partners The City of Richmond, explorASIAN and the Zhongkun Poetry Development Foundation, China are celebrating the famous ancient Chinese Poet Li Bai in Richmond, BC, Canada on May 17th at 6:30 PM.

Featuring: Dr. Jan Wall, Dr. Hadaa Sendoo, (World Poetry Ambassador to China and Mongolia) Multilingual Poetry of Li Bai and Traditional Chinese musicians Mr. Chen Ying Liang and Mrs. Chen. The event is free. Information: ariadnes@uniserve.com
Here is a brief bio by Dr. Hadaa Sendoo from Mongolia, who will be featured at the event.

Li Bai (701-762) is regarded as the greatest romantic poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and a representative of the high Tang culture, combination of realistic Northern culture represented by Confucian philosophy and the Book of Poetry, and romantic Southern culture represented by Taoist philosophy and the Elegies of the South. But he could neither fulfill his Confucian ideal to serve the country nor find spiritual freedom in Taoism, so he could only chant poetry and drink wine to drown his sorrow as describe by Du Fu in Eight Immortal Drinkers (Li Bai could turn sweet nectar into verses; Drunk in the capital, he'd lie in shops of wine). Here we see the tragedy of a genuine staying lonely on earth like an angel fallen from Heave. His poetry is marked by masculine grandeur in the Waterfall in Mount Lu Viewed from Afar (The sunlit Censer Peak exhales incense-like cloud; The cataract hangs like upended stream, sounding lout. Its torrent dashes down three thousand feet from high / As if the Silver River fell from azure sky), in which we see the mountain exhale cloud from down below and the Silver River, Chinese name for the Milky Way, fall from on high, and heaven and earth seem to merge into one, that is the Chinese way of communion with nature. In his poetry we can find his love of nature, of freedom, of the people, of his friends, in short, of truth, good and beauty.

Poem guidelines:

• Poems need to be to Li Bai or for Li Bai.
• One page only, two pages in another language.
• Deadline: May 5th.
• Poems need to have copyright © and include the name of poet and country.
• Selected poems will be put on display at the Richmond Cultural Centre during the Life Celebration of Li Bai.
• Classes and schools are welcome to participate.
• Selected poems will be read on the World Poetry CafĂ© Radio Show, CFRO, and 102.7 FM in Vancouver British Columbia.
• Send poems to ariadnes@uniserve.com

(More information HERE.)
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