DU PAN FANGGE
Born in Xinzhu in northwestern Taiwan, Du Pan Fangge (Tu P'an Fang-ko) (Du is her husband's last name, Pan her maiden name) received a Japanese education through high school. A devout Christian and mother of seven, she started writing poetry in the 1960s and joined the Bamboo Hat Poetry Society shortly after it was founded in 1964. In 1992 she became the first recipient of the Chen Xiuxi Poetry Prize. She has published seven books of poetry to date and is among the first in Taiwan to write modern poetry in an ancient dialect spoken by the Hakka people in southeastern China. Among the poems included here, “Paper People” and “Womb” are written in Hakka, the rest in Mandarin.