Synopses & Reviews
The voices of fourteen eminent Chinese poet monks whose works span twelve centuries (A.D.700 -1900) are here presented both in the original Chinese and in English translation. The collection includes 136 poems divided into six sections with translator introductions to each poet and his work. The poets in this book have been chosen by the translators for their insight into the human condition and for the beauty of their poetic expression. In presenting the work of six very talented translators, including Red Pine (Bill Porter), Burton Watson, and J. P. Seaton, this book provides any reader, novice or expert, with an appreciation and understanding of this elegant and traditional Chinese expression of spirituality.
This unique collection presents the verse, much of it translated for the first time, of fourteen eminent Chinese Buddhist poet monks. Featuring the original Chinese as well as english translations and historical introductions by Burton Watson, J.P. Seaton, Paul Hansen, James Sanford, and the editors, this book provides an appreciation and understanding of this elegant and traditional expression of spirituality.
"So take a walk with...these cranky, melancholy, lonely, mischievous poet-ancestors. Their songs are stout as a pilgrim's stave or a pair of good shoes, and were meant to be taken on the great journey."--Andrew Schelling, from his Introduction
The voices of 14 eminent Chinese poet monks whose works span 12 centuries (A.D. 700-1900) are presented in both the original Chinese and in an English translation. The collection includes 136 poems divided into six sections with translator introductions to each poet and his work. Illustrations.
About the Author
Red Pine (Bill Porter) won the 1996 PEN West Award for Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom, and is a well-known translator of classical Chinese philosophy and poetry, including translations of the Platform Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and the Lankavatara Sutra. He has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong and traveled extensively in China. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.Mike O'Connor is a poet and translator. He has published three volumes of his own poetry in addition to translating two volumes of the work of Buddhist poet Chia Tao. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.Andrew Schelling is a poet, essayist, and translator of the poetry of India. He has taught at Naropa University for twenty years and from 1993-96 served as chair of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics founded by Alan Ginsburg and Anne Waldman. His publications include Tea Shack Interior and The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.