He carried no iron into battle.
When he lifted his hand,
he brandished the sky.
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
"Through his meticulous aesthetic appreciation of the Chinese language, Ian Boyden has revealed relationships between a person's name, native land, and destinylaying bare a world with a different language, different water, different soil. And yet, the dreams of all worldly beings are not that different from each other. We sense this especially in the dreams of children, dreams they were not allowed to realize because they were destroyed in a disaster that could have been averted. Ian's poems in A Forest of Names have made us feel all of thisso incredibly heartbreaking."Tsering Woeser
"Ian Boyden is not just a poethe is an artist, craftsman, translator, and rebel."Ai Weiwei
"The courage and art of one man, met by the empathy and art of another, have brought thousands of lost children back into the light of loving perception. A Forest of Names offers healing to human psyches everywhere."David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K
"This extraordinary collection of jewel-like reflections is a profound meditation on truth, suffering, loss, and beauty. It is also a reminder that whatever we build has to be carefully built to last, even as impermanence prevails. We also must not forget the preciousness of life. This book reminds us again and again of the great treasure of life."Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center