Our eyes are two dry wells
Eyes – these two dry wells
Deep in the puzzled gazes there
once fertile sludge is hidden
The seedlings of love were
burned out through the fire of tears
We live on the other side of grief
Over the high wall, we watch
the sun from afar and
the mountains from afar
In the dreams of nights, we see
people from afar
Using the net of yearning we salvage
those scattered memories and then we let
the bones grow into the bones.

By calling for a worldwide reading on 4 June 2013 for the Chinese underground poet, Li Bifeng, the international literature festival berlin is demanding that the Chinese government release him from prisonstates a press release by internationale literaturfestival berlin.

The poet and campaigner for democracy, Li Bifeng, wrote a report in 1998 about a courageous group of textile workers who blockaded a Chinese motorway and sent a video recording of it to foreign human rights organisations. In 1989, after he had been involved in the protest on Tiananmen Square and on the run for six months, Li Bifeng was captured and sentenced to twelve years imprisonment for “economic crimes”. In November 2012, the 48-year-old was sentenced to another 12 years, with no good reason, without evidence and despite worldwide protests. The authorities suspect him of having helped his friend, the author Liao Yiwu and holder of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2012, to escape to Germany in 2011.

In the short phases in which Li Bifeng has been able to write, he has written numerous poems, prose texts and plays as well as a novel. On the anniversary of the massacre on Tiananmen Square in Beijing , which took place on 4 June 1989, the Peter-Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics e.V. and the international literature festival berlin have initiated a worldwide reading for Li Bifeng. After a brief introduction to Li’s work and his biography, excerpts from his poems and prose texts will be read, as well as an interview with him carried out by Liao Yiwu in 2005 and published in the latter’s book “Die Kugel und das Opium” (En.: “Bullets and Opium”, German edition published by Fischer in 2005). Citește în continuare WORLDWIDE READING FOR LI BIFENG ON 4 JUNE 2013