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Songs of Love, Moon, and Wind: Poems from the Chineseby Kenneth Rexroth
"Elegant, searching, and, above all, timeless, Rexroth's Chinese and Japanese translations capture the very essence of what it means to be fully alive, fully engaged. Many of these poems are over one thousand years old, yet they not only stand up to the questions and predicaments and experiences of our time, but they bear eloquent witness to the very meat of what it means to be human." Chris Faatz, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
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Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies,
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers,
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.
This exquisite gift book offers a wide sampling of Chinese verse, from the first century to our own time, beginning with the lyric poetry of Tu Fu, moving to the folk songs of the Six Dynasties Period, on to the Sung Dynasty, and to the present. Also represented are some of the best-known women of Chinese poetry, including Li Ching-chao and Chu Shu-chen. These simple, accessible but profound poems come through to us with a breathtaking immediacy in Kenneth Rexroth's English versions--a wonderful gift for any lover of poetry.
"Nothing stands still in this poetry: the wind blows the trees, the lake water ripples and the ever-present road runs in and out of the hills."--American Poetry Review
Kenneth Rexroth was one of the pioneer American translators from the Chinese into English. From his bestselling books, One Hundred Poems from the Chinese, One Hundred More Poems from the Chinese, and Woman Poets of China, Eliot Weinberger (essayist, critic and translator extraordinaire) has culled the best of the best for this beautiful gift edition.
About the Author
Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN’s first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America’s first literary writer to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.Poet-essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was a high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, rock-climber, critic and translator, mentor, Catholic-Buddhist spiritualist and a prominent figure of San Francisco's Beat scene. He is regarded as a central figure of the San Francisco Renaissance and is among the first American poets to explore traditional Japanese forms such as the haiku.
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