Bei Dao

photo of Bei Dao

Bei Dao, who was forced into exile following the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, is widely treasured by those who participated in China’s democracy movement.

Dao is a member of China’s “misty school,” a movement of fresh poetics that emerged in the 1970s using “free verse” in a hermetic, semi-private language characterized by oblique imagery and elliptical syntax. Dao’s poetry depicts the intimacy of passion, love, and friendship in a society where trust can literally be a matter of life and death.

To read some of Bei Dao poems, click here.


Bei Dao elsewhere on Lannan.org

Exile, Writing, and Cultural Freedom, (Events)


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