Jidi Majia is a Yi-Nuosu poet born in 1961 in Sichuan. He was mentored by the renowned poet Ai Qing and gained national attention when his collection Song of Love won the Third China National Poetry Prize in 1986. His work has been translated into many European languages, and he has been awarded numerous international prizes, including the Sholokhov Memorial Medal for Literature in 2006 from the Russian Writers’ Association, and a Certificate for Outstanding Contributions in Poetry from the Bulgarian Writers’ Association that same year. Jidi Majia at present holds the posts of Vice-Chairman and Secretary-of-the-Secretariat of the China Writers Association, with concurrent posts as president of China Ethnic Minority Writers Society and Adviser to the Poetry Institute of China.
Poetry and Artwork Collection of Jidi Majia
This is a short collection of poems by the prominent Chinese poet Jidi Majia. Jidi comes from the Yi Nuosu ethnic minority. The Yi culture and history is celebrated through many of his works. Along with his role as President of the Chinese Ethnic Minority Writers Society Jidi is a champion and advocate for the Yi people.
The collection is formed of many individual poems which, together, lament towards a greater intertwined assembly of works. The book starts with a poem calling the spirit of the ‘Black Deep River’. It goes on to paint images of mountainous landscapes, eagles and folklore. The collection finally comes to an end with a piece which follows his mothers death. The river is reintroduced as a symbol for baptismal commencement and ultimate purification.