Ai Qing and Lenore McComas Coberly in Beijing, 1982

Ai Qing And Lenore Mccomas Coberly In Beijing 1982 in a black and white photo seated next to each other in his apartment, both looking at the camera

Thinking back on what she considered a “life-changing” few hours spent interviewing the revered Chinese poet Ai Qing, Lenore McComas Coberly recalls that even the translator was nervous.

It was worse than that. This was Beijing, 1982. The translator’s name was Wu Ling.

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