Xu Huizhi (Hsü Hui-chih) is the pen name of Xu Youji, who was born in Taoyuan in northern Taiwan and received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Taipei Institute of Technology. He has worked as editor for the China Evening Express and as chief editor of the literary supplement of Liberty Times.Heis now Deputy Chief Editor of Unitas, a leading literary journal.
Xu started writing poetry in the 1980s, cofounded the poetry journal Horizon in 1984, and has published six books of poems in addition to prose. His work encompasses a broad range of themes and styles. From reflections on romantic love and existential angst in his early work, to political satire and realist nativism in the middle period, to metaphysical contemplation on the clash between body and soul and the hope of redemption through Buddhism in his recent writings, Xu powerfully articulates the central issues of our time. As he puts it, “Poetry is exquisite resistance.” The object of resistance is not simply social injustice or political ideology; more important, it is attachment to the phenomenal world, which, according to Buddhism, is the cause of all suffering.