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Xiao An

Xiao An (born in 1964) is a poet of the fei-fei (“not-not”) school. For decades she combined a writing career with her work as a nurse in a Chengdu psychiatric hospital, earning the respect of the literary world through poems that fuse classical Chinese influences with the stark confessional tone of Sylvia Plath. Her 2002 volume The Woman Who Plants Tobacco collects her work from 1986 to 2000.

Poems by Xiao An