Bei Dao, among China’s most important living poets, is an emblematic member of the Misty Poets, censored during the cultural revolution for their subversive poetry. His poem “The Answer” was used as an anthem of the pro-democracy movement, appearing on posters at the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. With Mang Ke, he founded Jintian (Today), a magazine of contemporary Chinese literature now based in Stockholm. Exiled for many years, Bei Dao has lived and written in over a half-dozen countries. New Directions has published seven of his poetry collections in English. He has won most important prizes for international poetry, and is reportedly repeatedly shortlisted for the Nobel.