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Selected Poems

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
tr Burton Watson, from 11th century Chinese
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Copper Canyon Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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John Pedersen
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.
Hunter Marston
has a lot of boring poems but a great many gems. and the gems are worth the read. over. and over. again.
copper canyon press has got really bad quality jacket it warps
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