Ouyang Yu has been one of Australia’s most prolific producers of poetry, translations and edited collections for the last three decades. He has also been nominated, in April 2019, as one of the top ten poets for 2018 in China as a xianfeng shiren (avant-garde poet) because he has been writing poetry that defies publication all along, in both China and Australia, in both Chinese and English. This collection gathers much of this experimental work, with some of the poems collected in this book dating as far back as late 1982.
“This is Ouyang Yu and his poetry. They could be anything except being ordinary and mediocre. Flag of Permanent Defeat is, as a matter of fact, Flag of Permanent Victory. A Poet can be destroyed but never defeated. Ouyang Yu is such a poet. In his heroic poetic journey, nothing has ever conquered his independence and uniqueness. His poems are always raw, fresh, fierce and strong. In our eyes, they were, are and continue to be dry stuff, hard to digest, but good for health, spiritual health. We should be thankful for meeting him and his poetry.”