Poetry Comes to Musuem LXVI


Activity Curator

Wang Yin


Zhang Taozhou


Xi Du

Meet the Poetry of Xi Du

Poet: Xi Du
Planner: Wang Yan
Host: Zhang Taozhou
Date: Septemebr 12, 2020
Time: 14:30-16:30
Venue: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (Xinyefang Building 3, Wenshui Road 210, Jing’an District)
Transportation: Exit 3, Wenshui Road Station, Line 1

Notice:For public health security, please make a real-name preservation and bring your ID for admission of the event. Please wait in line to get your temperature measured, hands sanitized, and information registered with the help of our staff. Please wear a face mask during the event. If you are experiencing a fever, coughing, or short breath, please understand that admission is not granted.

Poet Xi Du is invited to the 66th “Poetry Comes to Museum” project. In his opinion, writing poetry is the source of joy, which is strongly tied with connection, love, and happiness. He also believes that what resides in poetry is a complex soul, where a poet should self-consciously and continuously seek the spiritual power from. Xi Du uses pure language in his poetry, shaping “clean” and “beautiful” poetry. In his opinion, the best writing is to reveal the inner experience appropriately and precisely, which demands a soul which seeks sincerity, perfection, and accuracy. Only by this would the poetry be a satisfying one. Xi Du is respectful to the poetry, believing that the strength of a poem lies in the strength of living experience in the poem. Without true experience, a poem would be empty.

Voice recruiting for “Poetry Comes to Museum”

Submission time
From this day to September 9, 24:00

Script to be read
Xi Du’s selected poems (poet of Poetry Comes to Museum LXVI)

How to participate
1.Email your audio file to
mspe@minshengart.com (background music is optional).
2.Please leave your information, including your name, contact info, and confirmation of attending the September 12 poetry event in Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.
Three excellent readers will win Xi Du’s poetry collection
Arrows from an Angel.

*Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum reserves all the final rights of explanation.


Book Title Arrows from an Angel
Author: Xi Du
Publisher: Shanghai Education Publishing House
Time of Publishing: July, 2020

This book is a collection of Xi Du’s poems written from 2010 to 2018, including 97 short poems, 27 group poems, and 102 truncated sentences, within which are numerous debut poems. The latest work of Xi Du is dedicated to expressing author’s understanding of mankind and the world. With poetic words, Xi Du strives to bring readers closer to the birth of language and human, representing the momentary touching sensation and the completed soul. These works are precious information to study Xi Du’s contribution to poetry writing and poetry cognition in the last 8 years.


Xi Du

Poet, born in Pujiang, Zhejiang Province in 1967. In 1985 he was admitted into the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University, which was when he began to write poems. Since 1990, he has been engaged into poetry critics. He is the author of poetry collection Plato in the Snow, Home of Grass, Concentric Lock, Woods of Birds’ Whisper, Arrows from an Angel, poetry essay collection Watch and Listen, Future of the Souls, Reading Poetry, poetry critics collection Majestic Scenes. Some of his work has been translated into French and published as Le chant du vent ou du Roseau. He is the winner of Liu Li’an Poetry Award, October Literature Award, Dong Dang Zi Poetry Award, and Changyao Poetry Prize, etc.


Zhang Taozhou

Born in Tianmen, Hubei Province in 1971, he is now a professor and doctoral adviser at School of Literature, Capital Normal University. He is the author of The Poetic Space within Modern Chinese: A Research of New Poetry Discourse, and Adventure of Words: Text and Reality of Chinese New Poetry.



Wang Yin

A poet, writer, photographer. Author of Poetry of Wang Yin, Lime Light, etc. Winner of Jiang Nan Poetry Prize, Dong Dang Zi Poetry Award. His works have been published in more than 10 languages oversea.