New Writing from China: A Preview of Glossolalia Issue 3

Glossolalia, PEN America’s translation magazine, released its third issue in the spring of 2017. We Agree on Nothing: New Writing from China features uncensored fantasy, micro nonfiction, and poetry from contemporary writers in mainland China. The following are select pieces from the magazine: a sci-fi story on invisibility from Han Song; Wang Xiaoni’s essay on student protestors that was cut from her book for being too politically sensitive; and poetry from Mu Cao, one of the few openly gay poets living and writing in China, and Chi Lingyun, a poet largely unknown in the English-speaking world. 

You can purchase this issue in print form, in digital form, or as part of a package series featuring all three issues of the magazine.

Two Poems by Mu Cao

Your brain is stuffed with / garbage from books the System crams into you / Since grade school you’ve been mastering songs of praise / —Oh, you busy bees More