The Roots of Wisdom

Di Zang (Author) Eleanor Goodman (Translator)


Honored three times as one of China's "top ten" poets, Zang Di observes nature, relationships and self in these startling and moving lyrics.

An inveterate traveler and obsessive observer, Zang Di uses rich, emotional language to explore the natural world, including his beloved Weiming Lake at Peking University -- his "Walden." His poems often begin with finely-wrought details, frequently from nature ("on such a tiny bird body/all of life is reflected"), and proceed inward to reveal the layers of his psyche.

Poet, critic, translator, and editor Zang Di is one of the leading poets and literary critics of his generation.

Eleanor Goodman won the 2015 Lucien Stryk Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize for her translations of Chinese poetry.

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Zephyr Press
Publish Date
October 24, 2017
6.0 X 0.5 X 7.9 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Zang Di, a poet, critic, translator, and editor, is widely acknowledged as one of the leading poets and literary critics of his generation. He was educated at Beijing University, and received his Ph.D. in literature in 1997. Zang has won numerous honors and awards, and is an associate professor at Beijing University. He has published many books of poetry, most recently the collected Horseback Riders and Soymilk (2015), and edited several major anthologies of modern and contemporary Chinese poetry.

Eleanor Goodman is a writer and a translator from Chinese. She is a Research Associate at the Fairbank Center at Harvard University, and is currently at Peking University on a Fulbright Fellowship. Her work has been published in numerous publications, and her translation of Something Crosses My Mind: Selected Poems of Wang Xiaoni won the 2015 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize, was short-listed for the 2015 Griffin International Poetry Prize, and was the recipient of a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Grant.