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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Li Poetry Society (笠詩社), the Tainan-based National Museum of Taiwan Literature will host a retrospective exhibition from July 8 through Aug. 23.
As the publisher of the bimonthly journal "Li (笠),” the Society has paved the way for the long-lasting development of nativist Taiwanese poetry. More than 300 volumes have been steadily released without interruption over the past five decades, according to Chen Kun-lun (陳坤崙), current president of the association.
Formally registered in Taichung during June 1964 by twelve veteran poets, the Li Poetry Society became known for its New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) stance, championing pragmatism and public collaboration in martial-ruled Taiwan.
With its history symbolized by the 50 bamboo hats decorating the entryway, the retrospective exhibition will offer handwritten manuscripts, personal collections, translated text, and other relics related to the Li Poetry Society.
Many invaluable first copies of classic works, including the very first print release of the "Li” journal, will also be presented to lead visitors through the development of Taiwanese poetry over the past half century.