Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese

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“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 ReviewMoss covered paths between scarlet peonies,
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers,
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.
—Ch’ien Ch’i
This exquisite gift book offers a wide ...

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Overview

“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 ReviewMoss covered paths between scarlet peonies,
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers,
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.
—Ch’ien Ch’i
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.

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Editorial Reviews

Bloomsbury Review
One of Rexroth's greatest achievements as a translator and monumental figure in world letters.”— Ray Gonzalez
Christian Science Monitor
“Rexroth seems to know what is under every stone even before he looks.”
The Nation
“Rexroth sees the eternal in the instant . . . . His is the art to accept the vastness of life and give us his purest sense of it, serene, open.”
RALPH Magazine
The subtlety of these eighty translations betrays a richer side of [Rexroth's] character...worthy of our attention and affection.”— Wah Eng
Ray Gonzalez - Bloomsbury Review
“One of Rexroth's greatest achievements as a translator and monumental figure in world letters.”
Wah Eng - RALPH Magazine
“The subtlety of these eighty translations betrays a richer side of [Rexroth's] character...worthy of our attention and affection.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811218368
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Pages: 90
  • Sales rank: 963,535
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Poet-essayistKenneth 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.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Good translations of great poems.

    What a pleasure to read these translations. These are great.

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