Stitching Porcelain: After Matteo Ricci in Sixteenth-Century China

Stitching Porcelain: After Matteo Ricci in Sixteenth-Century China

by Deborah Larsen




Stitching Porcelain, Deborah Larsen's first book of poetry, is a narrative-lyric sequence based on the life of Matteo Ricci, the resourceful Jesuit who entered China in 1583 and stayed for a quarter century. Pondering cultural accommodation as well as faith, many of the poems center on actual events: Ricci's dressing as a Buddhist; his awe-inspiring map (with China shrewdly centered); his prostration before an empty Dragon Throne. Other events the poet imagined. (In the title room, Ricci addresses a love lyric to China: "Your porcelain is so fine, so thin,/a brass wire can repair it . . . /Once I saw you beneath the bamboo/ . . . bent back/from the world, stitching porcelain.") With a felicity rare in a debut volume, Larsen's opalescent poetry works in perfect counterpoint to the strange and brilliant Ricci.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811211611
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/28/1991
Series: New Directions Paperbook Series , #710
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.20(d)

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