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Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China, Translated

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Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China, Translated

By: Jeanne Larsen

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This collection of 106 poems by 44 female Tang era poets is the most comprehensive of its kind. Poets are organized based on their status in Tang Dynasty society: Women of the Court, Women of the Household, Courtesans and Entertainers, and Women of Religion. While each poet's concerns vary with their social status, common thematic threads include heartbreak and the mysteries of the natural world. Thumbnail biographies of each poet and notes regarding individual poems complete this important collection. "By far the best book of Chinese poetry in translation of the new century." --Pleiades

Written on a Wall of Abundance Temple, Built by the Independent Scholar, Hermit Ren
          by Yu Xuanji (844?-68?)

a man who loves solitude
built this
domain of wonders

travelers find here
rest from the road

whitewashed wall
words left on it: pointless or
the empty

a lotus paradise
that so few know

pond dug out
springs filled it

pathways cut
the grass grew back

pagoda a hundred feet tall
gold spire like the dharma's wheel

facing the river
opens the eyes:
how it shines, that

© BOA Editions, Ltd 2005

Available editions:
Cloth ISBN: 1-929918-73-9
Price: $23.95
Publishing Date: November 2005
Paperback ISBN: 1-929918-74-7
Price: $16.50
Publishing Date: November 2005