Aung Cheimt – Prison to Poetry

Aung Cheimt (b.1948) is a poet, translator and former political prisoner.  Known as a member of the “Revolutionary Poets’, this epithet come from both his time incarcerated in the 1960’s after the military coup and for his contribution in the birth of a more modern stylistic framing of the role poetry could play in 1970’s Myanmar.  A contributor to the famed Moe Wai magazine which steered a generation of political writers and editors, Aung Cheimt has published at least 20 collections of poetry, several of which have been translated into English and was one of 14 poets featured in Bones will Crow, the first anthology of Burmese poetry published in the West.  Unusually for a Myanmar writer, he lives full time off money earned from his poetry.


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