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Derangements of My Contemporaries

Ranging from the humorous and scathing to the evocative and strange, this ninth 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. 


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"...[Li Shangyin's]  inspired kvetching about everyday life in Tang-dynasty China feels as current as a text from your wittiest friend."

Julian Lucas

The New Yorker

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