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Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets

Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets

Author(s): James Byrne (editor), Ko Ko Thett (editor)

Location(s): Burma (Myanmar)

Genre(s): Poetry

Era(s): 20th century

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This is the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poets published in the West, and includes the work of Burmese poets who have been in exile and in prison. The poems include global references from a culture in which foreign books and the internet are regarded with suspicion and where censorship is an industry. The poets have been ingenious in their use of metaphor to escape surveillance and censorship, writing post-modern, avant-garde, performance and online poetries.

The anthology reveals the transition of traditional to modernist poetry, the development of Burmese poetry over the second half of the 20th century, as Myanmar has changed. Through their wildly diverse styles, these poems delight in the freedom to experiment with poetic tradition.

Featuring work by Tin Moe (1933-2007), Thitsar Ni (b. 1946), Aung Cheimt (b. 1948), Ma Ei (b. 1948), Maung Chaw Nwe (1949-2002), Maung Pyiyt Min (b. 1953), Khin Aung Aye (b. 1956), Zeyar Lynn (b. 1958), Maung Thein Zaw (b. 1959), Moe Zaw (b. 1964), Moe Way (b. 1969), ko ko thett (b. 1972), Eaindra (b. 1973), Pandora (b. 1974), Maung Yu Py (b. 1981)

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