Maples and the Stream: A Narrative Poem by Lien ChaoMaples and the Stream: A Narrative Poem by Lien Chao

Maples and the Stream: A Narrative Poem

byLien Chao

Paperback | January 1, 1999

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This long, narrative poem in English and Chinese follows one woman's journey from China to Canada over four decades. In these pages the two languages sit side by side, mirroring each other, each telling a tale that alternates between confusion and despair and hopes and dreams. Lien Chao depicts the struggle of a generation in its persistent search for freedom and for free artistic expression.

This book is a personal epic, a mixture of lyric and narrative that joins Lien Chao's Chinese past with her Canadian present and future. The intensity of its joy and pain, its two worlds caught in two languages, makes it a fascinating and unique creation.
- David Helwig

Lien Chao's Maples and the Stream is an intensely truthful and engaging poem that crosses back and forth the nebulous border of diasporic encounter and identity. This is a hybrid text that poses the in-between places of a translational attention and offers us concrete touchstones of history, person, and desire. The maple is surely a more palpable tree for Lien Chao's lyrical honesty.
- Fred Wah

is the author of the award-winning Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English. She lives in Toronto.
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Title:Maples and the Stream: A Narrative PoemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 8.75 × 5.78 × 0.36 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0920661815

ISBN - 13:9780920661819

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Table of Contents

Maples and the Stream (3), One Hundred Colours (5), Gravity (7), A Drop of Water (9), A Painter's Poem (11), Eternity (19), Birth (21), Childhood Dreams (23), A Political Ice Age (27), The little Red Book (39), A Tide of Madness (43), The red Sea (45), Redemption (49), Serve the People (59), A Blank Examination Paper (69), Nightmare (77), The Land of Maples (91), Canada Geese (95), The Anxiety of the Spoken Word (99), The White Ivory Tower (103), Who Am I? (107), I-You-She (109), Who Can Resist Chinatown? (115), Gold Mountain Dream (119), Phoenix (125)

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This book is a personal epic, a mixture of lyric and narrative that joins Lien Chao's Chinese past with her Canadian present and future. The intensity of its joy and pain, its two worlds caught in two languages, makes it a fascinating and unique creation. - DAVID HELWIGLien Chao's Maples and the Stream is an intensely truthful and engaging poem that crosses back and forth the nebulous border of diasporic encounter and identity. This is a hybrid text that poses the in-between places of a translational attention and offers us concrete touchstones of history, person, and desire. The maple is surely a more palpable tree for Lien Chao's lyrical honesty. - FRED WAH