Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Noted
Ranging from the humorous and scathing to the evocative and strange, this 9th century collection of list poems by the late Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin documents one poet's scrutiny of his riotous times. Li gives a glimpse into the mundane experiences of the waning years of Chinese poetry's golden age, while providing an uncanny reflection of the minutiae of our own contemporary lives, loves, and irritations.
Besieged by a drunk person, no escape.
Beautiful concubine, jealous wife.
Li Shangyin (813-858), the last of the great Tang poets, is renowned for his dense and cryptic lyrical imagery. The poet and translator Chloe Garcia-Roberts won a 2013 Heim/PENTranslation Fund Award for this collection. She works as the associate curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard.