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In Love with the Way : Chinese Poems of the Tang Dynasty (The Calligrapher's Notebooks)
Francois Cheng, Fabienne Verdier (Illustrator)
157062979X


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Book Description
The poetry selected for this volume comes from the Tang Dynasty (618—907), an era when the influence of Buddhism was at its strongest in China. The best loved and most influential of all Chinese poems come from this period.
Like all books in the Shambhala Calligraphy series, In Love with the Way takes a classic spiritual text that has been a subject for calligraphers for many years–and uses it to showcase a uniquely modern example of the calligrapher’s art, bringing the text to life in a striking new way.
In Love with the Way is accompanied by François Cheng’s introductory essay on poetry of the Tang period, and by a closing essay on the work of the calligrapher, Fabienne Verdier.
Calligraphy (from the Greek for “beautiful writing”) is an art where...


Chinese Love Poetry
Jane Portal (Editor)
0760748330
December 2003
Hardcover
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Poems of the Masters : China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse
Red Pine
1556591950
September 1, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Poetry is China's greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that country's most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China's celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960–1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding. As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words...


The Art of Chinese Poetry
James J. Y. Liu
0226486850
Mar 1983
Paperback
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The Crazed
Ha Jin
141323819X

Hardcover
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The Art of Chinese Poetry
James J. Y. Liu
0226486877
Apr 1966
Paperback
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Book Description
This concise introduction to Chinese poetry serves as a primer for English-speakers eager to expand their understanding and enjoyment of Chinese culture. James J. Y. Liu first examines the Chinese language as a medium of poetic expression and, contrary to the usual focus on the visual qualities of Chinese script, emphasizes the auditory effects of Chinese verse. He provides a succinct survey of Chinese poetry theory and concludes with his own view of poetry, based upon traditional Chinese concepts.

"[This] books should be read by all those interested in Chinese poetry."--Achilles Fang, Poetry

"[This is] a significant contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Chinese poetry, lucidly presented in a way that will attract a wide audience, and offering an original synthesis of Chinese and...


Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry
Ernest Fenollosa
0872860140
January 1936
Paperback
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Book Description
This important and much-disputed essay edited by Ezra Pound from the manuscript of Ernest Fenollosa (and published in Instigations, London, 1920) has since gone through several editions, despite the ridicule of such sinologists as Professor George Kennedy of Yale, who called it "a small mass of confusion. The old theory as to the nature of the Chinese written character (which Pound and Fenollosa followed) is that the written character is ideogrammic-a stylized picture of the thing or concept it represents. The opposing theory (which prevails today among scholars) is that the character may have had pictorial origins in prehistoric times but that these origins have been obscured in all but a few very simple cases, and that in any case native writers don't have the original pictorial meaning in mind as they write. ...


One Hundred Poems from the Chinese (New Directions Book)
Kenneth Rexroth
0811201805
June 1971
Paperback
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Book Description
incl 35 poems by Tu Fu & other later poets


The Lotus Boat
Marsha L. Wagner
0231042760
Oct 1984
Hardcover
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The Dancing Dragon
Marcia Vaughan
1572551348
September 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-In rhymed couplets, a Chinese-American child describes the excitement, preparation, and festivities of the Chinese New Year, culminating in a parade that includes a magnificent dragon carried aloft on sticks. The format of the book is foldout cardboard; for best effect, after reading it aloud, stand it on a table to show the eight-page panorama of this fine, fierce creature and the appreciative throng of celebrators in the streets of Chinatown. The watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are full of bright colors and action, reflecting the culture and the festivities. Combine this title with Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low's Lion Dancer (Scholastic, 1990), which is more detailed and full of vibrant photographs.Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, MECopyright 1996...


Secret History of the Mongols: The Origin of Chingis Khan (C & T Asian Culture Series)
Paul Kahn, Francis Woodman Cleaves
0887272991
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This adaptation of what is recognized today as the oldest Mongolian text (written two decades after Chingis Khan`s death) tells the Mongols` own version of the origin of their nation, the life of Chingis Khan, and the creation of an empire that stretched across Eurasia in the 13th century. Adapted from Francis Woodman Cleaves` erudite translation, it is presented here as a narrative poem in colloquial English. An overview of medieval Asia, maps, lineage charts, a glossary of proper names, and a bibliography are included. This expanded edition includes a 17th-century account of Chingis Khan`s death and a new essay by the author.


The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry
Burton Watson
0231056826
July 1984
Hardcover
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Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
This anthology covers an immense variety of different poets, spanning twenty-three centuries. In Watsons skilled hands, they all become accessible, intelligible, and highly readable. . . . A great achievement. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review
"This anthology covers an immense variety of different poets, spanning twenty-three centuries. In Watson's skilled hands, they all become accessible, intelligible, and highly readable.... A great achievement." -- Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
"This gathering of translations in the surest, clearest, most comprehensive presentation of Chinese poetry yet. Burton Watson's lifelong dedication to Chinese literature becomes a gift to us all." -- Gary Snyder


Chinese Poetry And Prophecy: The Written Oracle In East Asia (Asian Religions & Cultures)
Michel Strickmann, Bernard Faure
0804743355
May 30, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Focusing on oracular texts, "Chinese Poetry and Prophecy" examines the role of divination in Chinese culture, particularly in religious practice. Drawing on a dazzling array of ancient and modern sources, the author establishes the oracular sequence of important but obscure works in his celebrated engaging style. This is the second posthumous work of Michel Strickmann to be to be edited by Bernard Faure for publication by Stanford University Press. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
The late Michel Strickmann was Professor of Chinese Religions at the University of California, Berkeley, and a world-renowned expert on Taoism and on Asian popular religion. Stanford University Press has also published his "Chinese Magical Medicine"...


Tao Te Ching: A New Translation
Lao Tzu
1590300114
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lao Tzu's classic Chinese text from the sixth century BCE has much to teach us today. Lao Tzu meditates on breath, enjoining the reader to practice breathing like a baby; reflects on hsu, or emptiness; juxtaposes heaven and earth; and soberly reminds readers of their mortality. People should "cling to no treasures," but rather devote themselves to a pure disinterestedness, becoming most truly themselves when they achieve selflessness. Hamill has rendered the Tao Te Ching afresh; his translation from the Chinese is achingly poetic. To wit, this lovely meditation: "It's best to be like water, nurturing the ten thousand things without competing, flowing into places people scorn." And yet Hamill does not seek to drain the text of its mystery. The Tao-literally, "the way"-resists being nailed down or put in a box and...


The Clouds Should Know Me By Now : Buddhist Poet Monks of China
Red Pine
0861711432
November 25, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Gary Snyder brought the Chinese Zen poet Han-Shan (Cold Mountain) to prominence through translations that struck a cord with Zen enthusiasts and back-to-nature mystics alike. Now Red Pine, Mike O'Connor, and four other translators have breathed life into the literary descendants of Han-Shan, poet monks who are most at home in misty hills, contemplating "crimson leaves" and "azure depths." Like its Japanese cousin, the haiku, Chinese Zen poetry conveys pregnant images in spare structures that cascade into layers of emotion and rich associations. The Buddhism itself lies offstage, the poems recalling more of Thoreau or Whitman than Hui-neng or Nagarjuna. The translations here pause and flow like the originals, with poet-painter Paul Hansen's renderings of early Sung monks especially brilliant, outshining even the celebrated...


The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry
Burton Watson
0231056834
Feb 1986
Paperback
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Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
This anthology covers an immense variety of different poets, spanning twenty-three centuries. In Watsons skilled hands, they all become accessible, intelligible, and highly readable. . . . A great achievement.

Review
"This anthology covers an immense variety of different poets, spanning twenty-three centuries. In Watson's skilled hands, they all become accessible, intelligible, and highly readable.... A great achievement." -- Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
"This gathering of translations in the surest, clearest, most comprehensive presentation of Chinese poetry yet. Burton Watson's lifelong dedication to Chinese literature becomes a gift to us all." -- Gary Snyder

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Things You Should Know: A Collection of Stories
A. M. Homes
0641661746

Hardcover
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Monkey Hunting
Cristina Garcia
0641681127

Hardcover
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Chinese Poetry: An Anthology of Major Modes and Genres
Wai-Lim Yip (Editor)
0822319462
June 1997
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese (translation)
Original Language: Chinese --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Columbia Book of Later Chinese Poetry
Jonathan Chaves
0231061498
Jan 1989
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This book, a companion to Watson's Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: from early times to the thirteenth century ( LJ 8/84), includes a selection of Chinese poetry from the three later dynasties. The poems reflect the Chinese poetic tradition, being both humanistic and commonsensical ("Now, looking at his portrait, it seems a bit too gaunt./ But who can avoid this in a hundred years?/ All one can do is stop scheming and be calm."). Even after centuries, they remain fresh and immediate. In all, 42 poets writing primarily shih (classical poems), tz'u (lyrics), and ch'u (arias) are represented. A considerate and full anthology recommended to anyone interested in poetry and world literature. Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, English Dept., Indiana Univ. of PennsylvaniaCopyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Chinese Proverbs
K.L. Kiu, et al
0811836835
December 1, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This beautifully illustrated volume collects more than 50 traditional Chinese proverbs in an irresistible treasury of timeless folk wisdom. Each proverb-presented in both Chinese and English-offers classic advice and keen observation on subjects ranging from affection (A good friend shields you from the storm) to common sense (Do not climb a tree for fish) to the hardest lessons (The eyes are wide but the stomach is narrow). Charming illustrations by Hu Yong Yi bring the proverbs to life, and an insightful introduction illuminates their history and significance. Witty, wise, and utterly delightful, Chinese Proverbs is the perfect gift for those seeking guidance with good humor.

Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable...


Beyond Spring
Julie Landau
023109678X
June 1994
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
YA?At first glance, Beyond Spring is an erudite and esoteric collection of Chinese poetry written over 1000 years ago. It has a substantial introduction to the origins of t'zu with brief biographies of the poets, a list of alternate texts, and an explanation of illustrations. But after one begins reading Landau's remarkable translations, one hears the echoes of modern-day lyrics and realizes that these selections are accessible and relevant to young people. "When first I saw her/To the ring of the melody's opening bars/She came dancing, waist spinning red confusion." "You take my hands?I see your tears through mine/Words, futile catch in my throat." The emotions of love and heartbreak are radiantly expressed. This anthology will not be sought out by YAs, but with some recommendations from a good librarian,...


Tao Teh Ching
Lao Tzu
0877735425
September 1990
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Death of a Red Heroine: An Inspector Chen Investigation
Qiu Xiaolong
1569472424
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
By any standard, Inspector Chen Cao is a novelty in the world of police procedurals. A published poet and translator of American and English mystery novels, he has been assigned by the Chinese government, under Deng Xiaoping's cadre policy, to a "productive" job with the Special Cases Bureau of the Shanghai Police Department.

Shanghai in the mid-1990s is a city caught between reverence for the past and fascination with a tantalizing, market-driven present. When the body of a young "national model worker," revered for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up in a canal, Chen is thrown into the midst of these opposing forces. As he struggles to unravel the hidden threads of this paragon's life, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. With...



Beyond Spring
Julie Landau
0231096798
Jan 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
YA?At first glance, Beyond Spring is an erudite and esoteric collection of Chinese poetry written over 1000 years ago. It has a substantial introduction to the origins of t'zu with brief biographies of the poets, a list of alternate texts, and an explanation of illustrations. But after one begins reading Landau's remarkable translations, one hears the echoes of modern-day lyrics and realizes that these selections are accessible and relevant to young people. "When first I saw her/To the ring of the melody's opening bars/She came dancing, waist spinning red confusion." "You take my hands?I see your tears through mine/Words, futile catch in my throat." The emotions of love and heartbreak are radiantly expressed. This anthology will not be sought out by YAs, but with some recommendations from a good librarian,...


The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture
Stephen Owen
0804726671
October 1996
Paperback
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Japanese and Chinese Poems to Sing
J. Thomas Rimer
0231107021
Oct 1997
Hardcover
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Review
"Rimer and Chaves have performed a valuable service by making [The Wakan Roei Shu] available in a well-annotated English version... To read [it] is to explore an important but largely unfamiliar corner of Heian court culture." -- Robert Borgen, The Japan Foundation Newsletter

Review
Rimer and Chaves have performed a valuable service by making [TheWakan Roei Shu] available in a well-annotated English version . . . To read [it] is to explore an important but largely unfamiliar corner of Heian court culture.

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Winter Lights: A Season in Poems & Quilts
Anna Grossnickle Hines
0060008172
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Gr. 1-3. Winter is the time of lights, and Hines celebrates the season in thoughtful poems and pictures of gorgeous quilts full of bright, beautiful colors. Christmas is only one of the light-producing celebrations that Hines illuminates. The feast of Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese New Year are spectacularly introduced with short bursts of poetry and quilts that capture the spirit of the day--a Hanukkah menorah, for example, colored all blue and gold, is set against thin, blue stripes of different fabrics, giving depth and weight to the holiday feeling. Two of the most beautiful spreads are not about holidays at all. A black background with a burst of starlight marks the winter solstice, and amazing shifts of colors across two pages evoke the Aurora borealis ("A billowing curtain of...


The Selected Poems of Li Po
Bo Li, et al
0811213234
May 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
by acclaimed translator of Tu Fu

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese

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