Poetry. Art. CHINESE FLOWERS POEMS is a bilingual (Chinese-English) book of classical Chinese lyrical poetry translated by Hong Ai Bai and John Digby. The anthology presents flowers both as admired forms of nature and as symbolic projections of human emotions. The 148-page work is copiously illustrated in color and black and white photography. Many flowers prized in western culture from peonies and roses to orchids and chrysanthemums have a long history of particular associations in Chinese cultures, and these are explored by a wide range of poets from the early Song and Tang dynasties to Ming and Qing periods.
Hong Ai Bai, PhD in Linguistics, has been teaching at English and Foreign Language departments of Long Island University Post campus and the Communication Department of the University of Colorado Denver, International College Beijing. She has published a book, Deviation in Advertising Language: A Functional Analysis (2009), three English textbooks, and ten academic articles. As part of her interest in Chinese classical poetry, she and the English poet John Digby published two books, A BREAK IN PASSING CLOUDS: IMPROVISATION ON CHINESE POEMS (2014) and PASSING MEMORIES: A COLLECTION OF CHINESE POEMS ON COLD FOOD FESTIVAL (2016), and a series of booklets with poems and commentaries on nature, horses, women, birds, tea, moon, et al. She has also been giving readings on Chinese poetry in various places, such as the Walt Whitman's Birthplace Museum, Hutton House Lectures of LIU Post, and the Long Beach Public Library. In addition, she has provided presentations at several international conferences on Chinese poetry translation. John Digby is a London-born poet and collagist specializing in black-and-white pure paper collage in styles from figurative to abstract. Three volumes of his poetry were published England: The Structure of Bifocal Distance, Sailing Away from Night, and To Amuse a Shrinking Sun (Anvil Press Poetry). He is co-founder with his wife, Joan Digby, of The Feral Press and the New Feral Press in Oyster Bay, New York. Author City: USA