Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China


Wine-house singers, empresses, angst-ridden wives, and broken-hearted nuns: poems from China's golden age.
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Wine-house singers, empresses, angst-ridden wives, and broken-hearted nuns: poems from China's golden age.
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Meet the Author

Jeanne Larsen has published three novels set in China and has translations in many recent anthologies of traditional Chinese poetry. Her first book of poetry translation was Brocade River Poems: Selected Work of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao. She teaches in the creative writing program at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Song : wandering in spring 23
An evening banquet as the year begins, wine cups floating past 24
In the stony-torrents mountains 25
Plaint : her beautiful letters 26
from Twenty-five poems upon travelling to the changing princess's floating wine cup pond 27
Declining a gift of pearls 32
For my maidservant Zhang Yunrong, upon seeing her dance 33
Written on a screen at empty-pond courier station 34
Teasing Lu Chang, a bridesmaid from down south 35
Poem rhyming with one by his majesty, written as ordered at a banquet in Linde Palace with a hundred colleagues 36
Poem rhyming with one by his majesty, written at a banquet in Linde Palace with a hundred officials 37
from The greenwall pilgrimage sequence 38
Accompanying his majesty to the Greenwall Mountains, east of the Himalayas 46
In a palace in Shu, written at his majesty's command 47
Going fishing, getting nothing 48
Palace lyrics 49
Hearing music from a zither 55
Clouds at the creek's mouth 57
Bamboo at pond's edge 57
Egrets on the shore 58
A pair of autumn-blooming mallows 58
After an old song 59
In darkness, separation 60
Mooring at Wuchang on mid-autumn festival night 61
On declining to marry a prime minister's daughter 62
Joining my husband on the long road to the capital 63
On my husband's elevation to grand councilor : sent to my scornful sisters 63
Advising my husband to broaden his political base 64
As in olden times 65
Willow Floss 66
Bowing to the new moon 67
My husband fails his exams again 68
On hearing that my husband has passed his exams 68
For young Miss Zheng 69
Answering my husband, Yuan Zhen 71
Self-portrait, sent to my husband 72
Missing him : two poems 73
In answer to my sisters, who want me to stop drinking 74
Offered to the recluse Chen Tao 77
For Madame Lu 78
Poem sent far away 79
Scent-of-delirium cave 81
The pillow of the divine cock 81
An incense-burner pillow 82
Soup for a closed door 82
Saying goodbye to Wu Buque 83
Swallow tower : three poems 84
Rhyming with a poem by Master Bo 85
Sent to Ouyang Zhan 86
On the pond, a pair of birds 87
Love-duck herb 87
Goldenlamp flowers 87
Longing for litchis 88
To General Gao, who smashed the rebellion for the son of heaven 88
Rhyming with a poem given me by Secretary Li, at a banquet graced by courtesans like willows 88
In response to Commissioner Wu 89
Ah, let him come back to me 90
Willow branches 92
Nearing my end, and inviting guests 93
Poem using the rhyme words of Li Biao's outrageous come-on 94
Song 97
On my sickbed by the lake, happy because Lu Hongjian has arrived 98
Here by chance 98
Parting on a night when the moon shines clear 99
Sent to Zhu Fang 99
The Tao and the path : thoughts sent to officiary Cui 100
Practicing my heaven-organ 101
Poem rhyming with Zhuo Yingying's "practicing my heaven-organ" 101
Another poem on riverside willow trees 102
Depression : two poems 103
Struck by a mood at spring's end : sent to a friend 105
Written on a wall of abundance temple, built by Hermit Ren 106
Calling on the right reverend taoist mistress Zhao, who's not at home 107
A summer day, a mountain home 108
Springtime views in the land of Qin 109
Hidden meaning / sexual alchemy 110
Sent to my senior sisters in the Luoyang region 111
Nighttime, aboard a boat, one text 112
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005


    What a refreshing collection! I couldn't put it down. Ms. Larsen's translation breathes new life into these centuries-old poems. She must be incredibly brilliant.

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