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The Clouds Should Know Me By Now: Buddhist Poet Monks of China

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This unique collection presents the verses, much of it translated for the first time, of fourteen eminent Chinese Buddhist poet monks. Featuring the original Chinese as well as English translations and historical introductions by Burton Watson, J.P. Seaton, Paul Hansen, James Sanford, and the editors, "The Clouds Should Know Me By Now" provides an appreciation and understa ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published June 10th 2005 by Wisdom Publications (first published November 1st 1998)
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All of Red Pine's translations are excellent as are these. I am currently in China and one interesting aside is that my calligraphy teacher was thrilled by this book as it contains both the English translation and the traditional Chinese characters. Poetry with traditional Chinese characters is difficult to find these days in China because of the dominance of simplified characters. These poems are moving, historically fascinating, and excellent models for students of Chinese calligraphy.
A very wide range of previously unknown poems. There is a surprisingly modern "voice" which emerges in them. I recommend reading this book before and after you read Bill Porter's, Road to Heaven. Road to Heaven is a documentary about his encounters with China's hermit monks. I'll need to read both again to pin down the connection. It may just be that Bill Porter is Red Pine (his Buddhist name) and that he also serves as one of the translators in this very lovely book.
Very enjoyable book of poetry! I had heard of some of the authors before, but there were also some new ones, such as Shih Shu and Ching An.
Another book of zen poetry that I really enjoyed. I reread the poems in here often.

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This is a marvelous collection presented beautifully. I never stop going back to it enjoying it each time in a new way.
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I met Red Pine ten tears ago. A good book to read and reread.
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