When I Find You Again, It Will Be in Mountains: Selected Poems of Chia Tao


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Wisdom Publications
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6.03 X 0.43 X 9.03 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Mike O'Connor is a poet and translator. He has published three volumes of his own poetry in addition to translating two volumes of the work of Buddhist poet Chia Tao. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.


"It is astonishing that Chia Tao, a uniquely clear-tempered poet of hard luck, Zen sobriety, and durable friendship, has not had a full translation until now. The wait has been worth it... A crisp introduction and well informed bibliography are all the more reason to light a stick of incense."--Andrew Schelling, author of A Possible Bag
"Chia Tao's lyric poems have exercised a profound influence on the Buddhist poetry of China and the countries within the Chinese cultural sphere. Mike O'Connor's renderings, accurate and eminently readable, seem to me to represent an unusually happy meeting of poet and translator, one that will please poetry lovers and students of Chinese culture alike."--Burton Watson, translator, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu
"Mike O'Connor's precise, elegant translations bring to life the poetry of the cold, lean Chia Tao, certainly one of the most existential Buddhist poets of the T'ang (or any other) dynasty. A true master of the lu-shih, or modern poem written in the plain style, Chia Tao arrives like an old friend with his Chuang Tzu and wine."--Sam Hamill, editor, The Essential Bassho
"These poems startle with the recognition of the tenderness and strengths of a life lived in humble isolation. Mike O'Connor has done a fine poet's job of translation here. His ear and phrasing are incisive, the pictures are both stark and lovely."--Anne Waldman, poet, Naropa University