Taiwanese poet Guan Guan dies at age 92

05/02/2021 07:54 PM
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Kuang Yun-loong. CNA file photo
Kuang Yun-loong. CNA file photo

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Taiwanese poet Kuang Yun-loong (管運龍), better known by his penname Guan Guan (管管), passed away Saturday at the age of 92.

According to a Facebook post by his ex-wife, writer Yuang Chiung-chiung (袁瓊瓊), he died Saturday afternoon after he was found unconscious at his home.

Guan Guan was rushed to a nearby hospital and admitted to an intensive care unit, but he never regained consciousness, Yuang said.

Born in China's Shandong Province in 1929, Guan Guan worked as a reporter and later a host for military broadcasting companies in Taiwan, before he started writing poetry in the 1960s.

He was a long-time member of the Epoch Poetry Society and had published a number of poetry collections and volumes of prose.

Guan Guan's poetry is characterized by the use of Shandong dialect and disregard for sentence divisions, according to Chen Fang-ming (陳芳明), a professor at National Chengchi University's Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature.

On a personal level, Chen said, Guan Guan was always kind and approachable, and he was "young at heart."

On Sunday, Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得) also mourned the death of Guan Guan, saying he was highly respected.

Describing Guan Guan as multi-talented, Lee said the poet had been part of Taiwan's literary scene for years.

"He will be very much missed," Lee said.

Guan Guan was also a part-time actor in film, television, and theater, appearing in more than 30 movies and TV series during the course of his career.

(By Chao Chin-yu and Joseph Yeh)


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