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Unmatched in scope and literary quality, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations–many new and exclusive to the book–by an array of distinguished translators.

Here is the grand sweep of Chinese poetry, from the Book of Songs–ancient folk songs said to ha
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Anchor
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Jonathan
A lot of these poems remind me of conversations I had when I was a teenager and stoned, i.e. They would appear to harbour meaning while never actually docking at it.
Mii
This book is a great read!
Linda
What can I say? I imagine that a book of the highlights of thousands of years of Chinese poetry is not for everybody, and that the people for whom it IS may already know who they are. So I'll just point out that this is not a gargantuan undertaking (it's not huge and hefty, like a Norton -- it's a slim overview, relatively) and it's quite well done, easily readable, and full of super-interesting gems.
Kate
Astonishingly readable. I picked it up to see how much info I could glean before giving up in boredom. To my surprise, I kept returning to it even when distracted by lighter and potentially tastier fare. The historical narrative and commentary about individual poets were well-written and the poems themselves were appealing.
Chraeloos
The art of Chinese poetry is so amazing. This book does a fantastic job summing it all up. There are some beautiful translations in this collection.
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Tony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and has a Masters in English and Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Berkeley. His books of poems include Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BKMK Press, 2009, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry), The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008, winner, Benjamin Saltman Award); Sad Jazz: ...more
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