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Title: BURMA (MYANMAR) - Poetry
Description/subject: Poems, articles...: Aung Cheimt...Maung Chaw Nwe...Mya Kabyar...Ma Ei...Maung Pyiyt Min...Tin Moe...Zeyar Lynn...Maung Yu Py...Wawn Awng
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Poetry International, Rotterdam
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Individual Documents

Title: Various Burmese Poets
Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: from "Bones will Crow" - English and Burmese texts, with notes on the poets
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Asymptote
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: Language-oriented poetry in Myanmar
Date of publication: 27 April 2011
Description/subject: "To many people outside Myanmar (Burma), it might come as a surprise that there is such a thing as Language-oriented Poetry in contemporary Myanmar poetry scene. As I happen to be the person responsible (‘the instigator’ / ‘the culprit’) of so-called Language-oriented Poetry in Myanmar, I feel that I should have my say on how this has come about in Myanmar, a country that has been under a military regime for the past 20 years or so..."
Author/creator: Zeyar Lynn
Language: English
Source/publisher: Jacket2
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: Contemporary Burmese Poetry
Date of publication: August 2009
Description/subject: Article by Vicky Bowman. The article was accompained by some poems when the issue was published online in August 2009, but I cannot find them. They were: Hyma Ein – The Submarine Island... Manorhary – The Boat Will Row Back to My Shore... Manorhary – Days After Snow... Phone Thet Paing – Diary
Author/creator: Vicky Bowman
Language: English
Source/publisher: Number 21 August 2009
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: The 'Great Guest' of Burmese Literature
Date of publication: April 2007
Description/subject: Burma's best-loved poet Tin Moe passed away in California. Until his last breath, poetry was his love and life... "Tin Moe served five years in prison for daring to write about Burma's democracy movement's ruling military dictatorship.
Author/creator: Khin Maung Sok
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 May 2008


Title: The Refugee Who Fled to Burma
Date of publication: June 2001
Description/subject: Ashin Ananda was a unique refugee: Not only did he flee to Burma during the Ne Win era; he also became an important interpreter of Burmese culture for a Western audience. Thiri reflects on the legacy of this Buddhist monk from Estonia, who died just one year before his native country regained its independence from the former Soviet Union.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol 9. No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Interview & Poetry of U Tin Moe
Date of publication: December 2000
Description/subject: "One of the country's leading writers and a Poet Laureate of Burma, U Tin Moe has published over 30 books. Born in 1933, he began writing poetry and essays in 1959 and has won numerous literary awards throughout his career. U Tin Moe became involved in the pro-democracy movement during 1988. As a result, he was imprisoned in Insein jail from 1991 until February of 1995. All his published works are banned in Burma. U Tin Moe left the country in April of 1999 and currently lives abroad. The following interview was aired on Radio Free Asia (RFA) in September 2000, and conducted by RFA correspondent Dr. Kyi May Kaung. The interview and poetry were translated for Burma Debate by Dr. Kaung. It appears here with the permission of RFA."
Author/creator: U Tin Moe, Dr. Kyi May Kaung
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Debate" VOL. VII, NO. 4 WINTER 2000
Format/size: pdf (287K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Development of Political Themes in Minthuwun's Poetry
Date of publication: 1997
Description/subject: Min-thuwun is perhaps the greatest of living Burmese poets. Over the past 70 years he has published more than 100 poems covering a broad range of topics, including young love, the hardships of village and student life, and Burmese nationalism. Following a brief biographical sketch of the poet, this article presents a series of readings of selected poems that show Min-thuwun to be a passionate promoter of Burmese culture and an astute and subtle social commentator whose political messages are conveyed in figurative verse notable for its depictions of the victims of injustice. By framing his discussion within the periodization of 20th-century Burmese literature put forth by the poet-critic Mya Zin, the author demonstrates how Min-thuwun's career can be taken to exemplify the development of modern Burmese literature as a whole.
Author/creator: Saw Tun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Journal of Burma Studies Vol. 1 (1997)
Format/size: pdf (1.21MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol1/index.shtml (Vol. 1)
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2009


Title: Flowering
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization.....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Poetry - 20th century..... Key Words: poem
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp46, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization, via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (33K-reduced version; 245K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0007.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2014


Title: Padauk
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Poem on the Paduak flower...Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Poetry-20th century
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp42, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (37K-reduced version; 280K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0005.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2014


Title: Sittathukha Linkar, translated by Zawgyi
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: This poetry is translated from the "The Character of a Happy Life" by Henry Wotten.....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Poetry- 20th century
Author/creator: Wotten, Henry, trans. Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp41, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (51K-reduced version)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0004.pdf (326K)
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


Title: The Wave
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Poetry - 20th century
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp43, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (24K-reduced version; 229K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0006.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


Title: On deposition -- Saya Phe's view
Date of publication: November 1987
Description/subject: Saya Phe, a patriotic poet, was very aggrieved at the loss of Myanmar's sovereignty. He wrote two poems which were a brief account of how and why Myanmar surrendered so quickly and easily. He believed General Prendergast's letter demanding surrender for negotiation of a new treaty was a lie and the people of Myanmar were hoodwinked.....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar - History - The Third Anglo Burmese War, 1885, 2. Myanmar - History.....Key Words: 1. Deposition, 2. Phe, Saya.
Author/creator: KYAN, Daw
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ; (Metadata: English, Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Sit-pran", No. 110, pp. 70-72, via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (230K-reduced version; 747K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/MK0014.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 October 2014