Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese

Eliot Weinberger (Editor) Kenneth Rexroth (Translator)
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Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies,
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers,
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.

--Ch'ien Ch'i

This exquisite gift book offers a wide sampling of Chinese verse, from the first century to our own time, beginning with the lyric poetry of Tu Fu, moving to the folk songs of the Six Dynasties Period, on to the Sung Dynasty, and to the present. Also represented are some of the best-known women of Chinese poetry, including Li Ching-chao and Chu Shu-chen. These simple, accessible but profound poems come through to us with a breathtaking immediacy in Kenneth Rexroth's English versions--a wonderful gift for any lover of poetry.

Product Details

New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
April 21, 2009
3.9 X 0.4 X 5.9 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author

Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.
Poet-essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was a high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, rock-climber, critic and translator, mentor, Catholic-Buddhist spiritualist and a prominent figure of San Francisco's Beat scene. He is regarded as a central figure of the San Francisco Renaissance and is among the first American poets to explore traditional Japanese forms such as the haiku.


One of Rexroth's greatest achievements as a translator and monumental figure in world letters. --Ray Gonzalez"
Rexroth seems to know what is under every stone even before he looks. "
Rexroth sees the eternal in the instant . . . . His is the art to accept the vastness of life and give us his purest sense of it, serene, open. "
The subtlety of these eighty translations betrays a richer side of [Rexroth's] character...worthy of our attention and affection. --Wah Eng"