Poetry Comes to Musuem LXIX


Activity Curator

Wang Yin


Xia Chao


Yuan Yongping

Yuan Yongping: Poetry Is a Way to Transcend

Poet: Yuan Yongping
Planner: Wang Yan
Host: Xia Chao
Date: December 19, 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.

The poet we invited to the 69th Poetry Comes to Museum is Yuan Yongping, a Post-80s poet who clings to her special personal feelings and experience about human and life. From Yuan’s perspective, poetry is something that flows naturally out of a transcendence over the abyss in our mortal world. Poets, in her opinion, are sculptors of language and sensors of historical times. To write poetry is to continuously collide themselves with the present, and to create vivid and exuberant art. In her poetry, she projects her love for life on the mundaneness, and showcases her acceptance and openness to the world.

Voice recruiting for “Poetry Comes to Museum”

Submission time
From today to December 17, 24:00
Script to be read
Selected poems of Yuan Yongping (poet of Poetry Comes to Museum LXIX)
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 Yuan Yongping’s poetry collection Daily Fire of Mind.
    *Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum reserves all the final rights of explanation.

Book Title: Daily Fire of Mind
Author: Yuan Yongping
Publisher: Jiangsu People’s Publishing House
Publishing date: March, 2018

Daily Fire of Mind summarizes Yuan Yongping’s poetry writing career. It is a collection of Yuan’s signature works written in the recent ten years. As a Post-80s poet, Yuan Yongping is skilled at exploring the vastness inside the daily life, as well as recognizing the universal traits in individual life. She is also bold to break off from the conventional poetic aesthetics. Her works are direct, precise, powerful, and simple, balancing polished craft and insightful thoughts. With concise words, her poems arrive at the acceptance of the other and the outside world. The openness in her poems leads to the sting of the material world, but accompanied with the soothing encouragement from the passion of living.


Yuan Yongping

Yuan Yongping (1983-) was born in Heilongjiang province, northeast China. She was a journalist before becoming a literary editor for a publishing house there. She won the DJS First Poetry Book in 2012 for her book titled Private Life. She is also the winner of the 7th Weiming Poetry Prize, and was nominated in Fudan University “Beyond the South” Poetry Prize, and shortlisted in Annual Prize of Chinese Poetry Breakthrough. Aside from Private Life, she has published Daily Fire in Mind (2018), self-published poetry collection Underground City (2017), Blaze and Ice (2018), Women’s Wild Dog Club (2019), and Shower (2020). Her translation of Don't Read Poetry by Stephen Burt is forthcoming in 2020. She lives in Harbin.


Xia Chao

Xia Chao was born in 1989 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu and graduated from School of Chemical Engineering and Technology of Tianjin University. Xia volunteered to teach in Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang for a year. He was awarded the Weiming Poetry Prize and the First Prize of the National University Cherry Blossom Poetry Contest. He has published poetry collections Yi Bian Jiang and Hai Shang Shu. A fan of poetry translation and photography, Xia Chao is working at KnowYourself, the famous pan-psychology community. He is also an organizer and leader of writing workshop. Xia lives in Shanghai.


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.