City at the End of Time: Poems by Leung Ping-Kwan 形象香港: 梁秉鈞詩選

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Written by Leung Ping-kwan in the 1980s and 1990s, this volume of poetry evokes the complexity of Hong Kong city life in the critical moments preceding the 1997 handover. The poet muses upon the problems of cultural identity and the passing of time, and explores the relationship between poetry and other genres and media within a cross-cultural and cross-border context. An introduction by Ackbar Abbas in the original edition relates Leung’s writing to the cultural and political space of Hong Kong in the 1990s. This expanded bilingual version adds a new essay by Esther Cheung, and also a recent conversation between Leung and three critics, which provides insights on how Leung’s poetry still resonates powerfully after two decades. The book invites readers to look afresh at Leung’s meditative poetry and probe into the contradictory realities of this changing postcolonial city.

Edited and Introduced by Esther M. K. Cheung
Poems translated by Gordon T. Osing and Leung Ping-kwan
Published in June, 2012 by HKU Press
272 Pages
ISBN 978-988-8139-36-1