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Gu Cheng (顾城,1956-1993) was a famous Chinese modern poet, essayist, and novelist. He was a prominent member of the "Misty Poets", a group of Chinese modernist poets.

Biography

Gu Cheng began life in privilege as the son of a prominent party member. His father was the army poet Gu Gong. At the age of twelve, his family was sent down to rural Shandongmarker because of the Cultural Revolution(as means of re-education) where they bred pigs. There, he claimed to have learned poetry directly from nature.

In the late 1970s, Cheng became associated with the journal "Today" (Jintian) which began a movement in poetry known as "menglong" meaning "hazy, "obscure". He became an international celebrity and travelled around the world accompanied by his wife, Xie Ye. The two settled in Aucklandmarker, New Zealandmarker in 1987 where Cheng taught Chinese at the University of Aucklandmarker.

In October 1993, Gu Cheng attacked his wife before hanging himself. She died later in a hospital.

Trivia

Gu Cheng often wore a leg cut off from a pair of jeans as a hat.

At the age of three, he invented his own language, but no one understood him.

Quote

"Dark nights gave me these dark eyes, but I shall use them to seek the light."

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