June Fourth Elegies

This, the first English-language publication of the poetry of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, commemorates fallen comrades killed during the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989 and looks to the current state of human rights in China, a country "used to memorializing tombs as palaces." With Liu currently serving an eleven-year sentence for "incitement to subvert state power," opportunites to read his work should be cherished and celebrated.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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