Wang Dongdong was born in 1983 in Henan, located in central China. He established himself as a poet and poetry critic in Henan before moving to Beijing. He is currently a doctoral student of Chinese literature, specializing in the early modernists of China in the 1930s. He has written critical essays in order to promote the poetry of his generation in China, and has reviewed poetry.
Empty Chair is Wang Dongdong’s first book of poems written in the past ten years. He is regarded as a mature poet with a sharp mind. In China, his poetry is considered some of the finest craftsmanship of his generation. He has a unique sensitivity that brings an unusual quality to his poetry. Many of the poems in this book have been highly praised by his peers, as well as the older generation of poets in China.
“Wang Dongdong’s poetry is a blending of powerful abstract rationale, poetic eloquence, and sharp and full-detailed intuition, a nearly flawless combination of linguistic and experiential interfaces. With his unusual creativity and language skills, he excels among his peers and even among the contemporary poets of our time.”—Geng Zhanchun 耿占春 (poet, critic, and professor of literature at Hainan University)