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March 02, 2010


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I enjoyed this very much, John. Thanks.

This is a lovely post John. I would love to learn more about you trip. Did you write about it elsewhere? We were in China a couple of years ago, though not in Shanghai. We met Eleanor Goodman, who has written for us here, and who is a talented translator of Chinese poetry.

Thanks to you both for the kind comments. Stacey, there are some China pieces up online I wrote for my weekly Kudzu Telegraph column ( Just search for "China" on the site. One of the things I really regret about my trip is that I didn't get to meet anyone in the local literary or environmental scenes. Our trip focused mostly on "the economic takeoff" and the shift to modernity and the arts were sort of left out except a few references in the lectures. I wrote a series of poems too that I like a great deal. I'll send you them off-line.

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