By Han Shan, Red Pine

ISBN-10: 161932086X

ISBN-13: 9781619320864

This authoritative, bilingual version represents the 1st time everything of chilly Mountain's poetry has been translated into English.

These translations have been initially released via Copper Canyon Press approximately two decades in the past. Now, considerably revised and increased, the gathering additionally incorporates a new preface by way of the translator, crimson Pine, whose accompanying notes are instantaneously scholarly, available, and pleasing. additionally integrated for the 1st time are poems via of chilly Mountain's colleagues.

Legendary for his readability, directness, and shortage of pretension, the eight-century hermit-poet chilly Mountain (Han Shan) is a big determine within the heritage of chinese language literature and has been a profound impact on writers and readers around the globe. Writers comparable to Charles Frazier and Gary Snyder studied his poetry, and Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums is devoted "to Han Shan."


storied cliffs have been the fortune I cast
bird trails past human tracks
what surrounds my yard
white clouds nesting darkish rocks
I've lived the following various years
and continuously visible the spring-water change
tell these individuals with tripods and bells
empty names aren't any rattling good


someone sits in a mountain gorge
cloud gown sundown tassels
handful of fragrances he'd share
the street is lengthy and hard
regretful and doubtful
old and unaccomplished
the crowd calls him crippled
he stands on my own steadfast


my position is on chilly Mountain
perched on a cliff past the circuit of affliction
images go away no hint once they vanish
I roam the total galaxy from here
lights and shadows flash throughout my mind
not one dharma comes prior to me
since i discovered the magic pearl
I can cross wherever in all places it's perfect

Cold Mountain

A mountain guy lives below thatch
before his gate carts and horses are rare
the wooded area is quiet yet keen on birds
the streams are huge and residential to fish
with his son he choices wild fruit
with his spouse he hoes among rocks
what does he have at home
a shelf jam-packed with not anything yet books

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He had the view that if there was no pleasure for reader and poet, there was no reason to do it. His poems in their play{ulness are sometimes jolly, gentle pinpricks as mock-ups of history in freewheeling rnenageries. The Collected is a vast terrain that's a clear, compassionate mind-revelation in which the reader can bask. Leslie Scolopino I xli PF]ILIP V/¡]ALE\I Three Desert Poems THE GREAT AMERICAN 2 DESERT SAGUARO Rock's memory of the sun warms desert nights Sand's recollection is shorter Soon cools to a cloudy mirror for stars Mice and lizards print fern patterns on the restless dunes.

Walking alone when weirdly enveloped In light out of air, surrounded by circular Marching of dodos, gross beaks and fat plumes And a concentric ring of great auks, penguin-marked All marching and singing Ho ho Antonio You'll be the last to know Tee hee Anthony Soon you'll be extinct as we Dead buried and forgotten only a dictionary definition Anthony replied My presence proves you wrong Somebody changed and I arn here Sorneone survived the Lisbon quake Noah's flood, Chicago's fire (Delenda est Carthago!

So Whalen plafully orders on the basis of sound (similarity/dissirniladty at once), condensing to be only view in history at once an observation on history. In sorne poems Whalen used the stmcture of the fugue, the fonn of which is variations returning to a theme that's a basis, his ilìeasuïe being invention that becomes a way of seeing the separation of (his/reader's) mind frorn events outside when'applied'in a stnrcture, the structure being his comparison of events from different periods chosen by their intuitively derived contlast or similarity (such as, again, the similarity of the sound of the language rather than the content).

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