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Gathers poems about travel, nature, daily life, friendship, and exile by the eleventh-century Chinese poet, who wrote under the name Su Tung-p'o.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Copper Canyon Press
(first published January 1st 1993)
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These poems, written by a Sung dynasty government functionary, are startlingly modern in tone. The translation by Burton Watson is clear and fresh which probably helps, but the concerns that Su Tung-P'o struggles with will be familiar to anyone almost 1000 years later; our place in a vast cosmos, the loneliness of traveling long distances, the comforts of spending time with friends, uncertainties about the future.