Zhai Yongming Speech
(at the award presentation ceremony)
Thank you, judges of the Golden Magnolia poetry award! Tha癫癞症不能吃哪些食物nk you, Shanghai International Poetry Festival, for giving me this unexpected honor! And thank you, Mr Adonis for presenting me the award! This is truly a double surprise.
I have always liked a line from the American poet Elizabeth Bishop, who said: “Creation is a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration.”
In the 1990s, I also wrote a line in my poem “Sadness of the Submarine,” which says: “ Alarm! Time to dive to depth quickly, though useless. There is no more command in this situation!”
I would like to use these two lines to sum up my more than 40 years of writing.
In the past 40 years, great changes have taken place in the field of Chinese contemporary poetry: from its g西安哪里治疗癫痫病lorious rise in the 1980s to its nearly disappearance in the 1990s.
In the decade after the millennium, poetry retreated to the margins of society. It wasn’t until recent years that poetry in the name of “new and beyond” began to warm up among a new generation of young people.
The Chinese contemporary poetry has witnessed the profound changes of China’s economic development and rapid modernization that began in the 1980s.
Be a generation who was born and living through the era, I am a participant, and hopefully, a small driving force in this long process of transformation and maturity.
Forty years has pass in the wink of an eye. In the face of the chaos and problems in today’s world, there is, in me, a sense of powerlessness and the unknown.
Poetry writing is not only my inner “Tao Hua Yun,” or a Land of Peach Blossom which is isolated from the hustle and bustle of the reality, but also my path to seek truth and understanding about the purpose of life and real hope for a better future.
I would like to borrow the subtlety and magic of the Chinese language to reshape my life and cleanse my heart. It is this “uselessness” and “diving” that give the true meaning and purpose of my life.
Poetry help to construct a little universe within me, which allows me to transcend all existing concepts — beyo治疗羊癫疯权威的医院nd the new and old, vast and deep, ideal and reality; and integrate them all into my creation. The scale of my work, I should say, is unconstrained.
Today, I no longer care about the definition from any critics of my work. I try to define the maximum possibility of my creation with a language that is unique to my own.
Winning the Golden Magnolia poetry award, so to speak, is the greatest harvest in life for my 40 years of writing career. This is indeed an additional benefit and reward, which makes me deeply moved.
I wish my next work will be worthy of this award and expectation from all of you. Thank you!